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MAC must probe Chang's pact ties: DPP

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The main opposition party yesterday called upon the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) to launch a detailed investigation into the alleged information leak by former MAC deputy minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀).

Chang has been in the position of negotiator for the MAC for over two years, and his involvement in the signing of various agreements may have been risky for Taiwan, said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎).

As the information leak investigation looks into the possibility that Chang's actions were offenses against the external security of the state, the Investigation Bureau's decision indicates that the nation's security system is no longer functioning, said Huang. “If the MAC's accusations are true, then the National Security Bureau has failed to notice Chang's 'criminal ways,' having to rely on the reports of outsiders,” he added.

The cross-strait agreements Huang helped to negotiate include the controversial Cross-Strait Trade in Services Agreement, and his involvement has undoubtedly threatened national security and the benefits of the Taiwanese people, Huang pointed out.

The MAC and the prosecution should take extra caution in investigating Chang's case, especially the contents of the agreements he once negotiated, said Huang. “The MAC should explain whether Chang's crimes will affect the effectiveness of cross-strait agreements, and they must provide a means to remedy the current situation,” said Huang.

The DPP also pointed out that the inconsistencies in both Chang's and the MAC's claims regarding his “resignation” led the public to suspect that the Ma administration had “shot its arrow before finding a target,” and had“pinned the crime on someone before finding evidence.”

“Not only has this violated normal judiciary procedures, inconsistencies have also made the government's handling of the case seem ridiculous,” said Huang.

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