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MOFA denies minister resignation plans

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denied media reports claiming that Foreign Minister David Lin (林永樂) is planning to resign.

MOFA spokeswoman Anna Kao (高安) said that the reports were completely inconsistent with the facts and the minister is fully focusing on matters related to the recent riots in Vietnam to ensure that assistance is provided to Taiwanese businesspeople based in the Southeast Asian country.

Local media recently reported that Lin is planning to retire following criticism against his ministry in the wake of the riots in Vietnam.

The minister later spoke to the press and said that the last time he met Vietnam's de facto ambassador in Taiwan, Bui Trong Van, they talked about the safety of Taiwanese nationals in Vietnam as well as compensation for the damages done to Taiwanese-owned factories.

The minister said he requested that the Vietnamese government take concrete measures to restore investor confidence, adding that the deputy chief of the Ministry of Economic Affairs is slated to visit Hanoi in order to establish a negotiation platform.

According to the minister, the representative said he had suggested that his government take concrete measures to compensate Taiwanese investors, and the relevant authorities in Vietnam are currently in the process of discussing related matters.

The minister refuted the resignation claims, saying that they were completely unfounded.

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