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King inspects CGA amid constitution violation row

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National Security Council (NSC, 國安會) Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) yesterday conducted an inspection tour of the Coast Guard Administration (CGA), following recent accusations that he has exceeded the mandates of his office as defined in the R.O.C. Constitution.

According to the United Evening News, King visited the CGA headquarters in Taipei in the accompany of CGA Minister Wang Ginn-wang (王進旺) around 2:30 p.m. yesterday.

The CGA was scheduled to brief the NSC head on the CGA deployment plan around the country and will also brief King on the latest situations in the East and South China Seas, as well as Taiwan's ongoing plan to upgrade a wharf and air strip on the Taiwan-controlled Taiping Island in the South China Sea.

The inspection tour was not open to the media for security reasons, the report said.

In response to the report, the CGA said King's inspection tour to its headquarters is routine and made by every NSC chief and it was done in accordance with related laws.

King is currently embroiled in an alleged constitution violation row amid accusations raised by the opposition parties after he visited the police agency and the Investigation Bureau earlier this month.

While opposition lawmakers said that King was overreaching his authority to inspect these units, the council issued a statement dismissing allegations that he had violated the constitution, adding that King would continue making the visits.

The council argued that it is within the scope of King's responsibilities to make these inspection tours organized by the National Security Bureau, an agency under the NSC.

King's visits to the Investigation Bureau, the National Police Agency and the National Immigration Agency were aimed at learning more about national security developments and cross-Taiwan Strait issues, and did not intrude on the independent jurisdiction of those agencies, the NSC said.

King will continue to make regular visits to other relevant agencies, including the Coast Guard Administration, the Military Intelligence Bureau and the Military Police Command, the council said.

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