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KMT responds to complaint over NSC 'abuse of power'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General King Pu-tsung's (金溥聰) participation in security briefings at various national security-related agencies was lawful and constitutional, the Kuomintang (KMT) said yesterday, urging the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to reflect upon the years during which it was in power when the NSC got involved in election campaigns.

In response to the DPP's accusation that King had abused his power by attending briefings at the National Police Agency and the Investigation Bureau, KMT spokesman Charles Chen (陳以信) said that according to convention, newly appointed NSC heads are given briefings at the various national security-related agencies in order to become familiar with their duties, adding that besides King, former NSC heads had undergone the same process.

Managing affairs related to national security is the NSC's mandate, and King's participation in the briefings was completely lawful and constitutional, Chen said.

Chen previously released a statement in response to the DPP accusation, saying that former NSC Secretary-General Chiou I-jen (邱義仁) had convened election campaign meetings, which the DPP failed to mention.

Chen specifically accused the DPP of engaging in smear tactics and having double standards.

King has consistently said that he will not get involved in election campaigns, and he hasn't convened any meetings related to election campaigns since he was appointed to the NSC, Chen said.

Chiou, on the other hand, got directly involved in election campaigns by visiting DPP headquarters to give his evaluations on campaign affairs and becoming a convener of campaign meetings, using the state apparatus at his disposal as a campaign tool.

Society will undoubtedly come to an assessment on the DPP's double standard in treating itself leniently while holding others up to intense scrutiny, Chen said.

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