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Taiwan's top national security official resigns

ROC Central News Agency

2010/02/11 16:11:38

Taipei, Feb. 11 (CNA) Taiwan's top national security aide to President Ma Ying-jeou, announced his surprise resignation Thursday, citing family and health reasons.

National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General Su Chi, who had recently faced harsh criticism for his inept handling of the U.S. beef import controversy, made the announcement at a hastily called press conference at the Presidential Office.

He declined to take questions from the media and left the Presidential Office immediately after reading his resignation statement.

Ma immediately accepted Su's resignation, Presidential Office spokesman Wang Yu-chi said after Su's remarks.

The president recognized Su's contributions to the promotion of relations with the United States, China and Japan in the 20 months since Ma took office, Wang said.

Hu Wei-jen, Taiwan's former representative to Singapore and to Germany, will assume Su's post Feb. 23, Wang said.

Hu, a career diplomat, has 35 years of experience in diplomatic and national security affairs, according to the spokesman. (By Alex Jiang) ENDITEM/J

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