Taiwan's new point man on China fails photo test
- Published: 2/10/2012 at 11:49 PM
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Taiwan's new top official on China issues took his oath of office on Tuesday, but was immediately attacked by the opposition for failing to identify photos of most of Beijing's top politicians.
Wang Yu-chi, Taiwan's new top official on China issues, took his oath of office on Tuesday, but was immediately attacked by the opposition for failing to identify photos of most of Beijing's top politicians.
Wang Yu-chi, a trusted confidant of President Ma Ying-jeou who served as his spokesman from 2008 to 2010, was criticised in parliament immediately after being sworn in as chairman of the Mainland Affairs Council.
Wang was shown photos of the top nine members of the Chinese leadership but could recognise only two. Among those he failed to identify was China's top lawmaker Wu Bangguo.
"You cannot even recognise Wu Bangguo," said Tsai Chi-chang of the China-sceptic main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP). "This could be very dangerous for China ties."
The appointment of Wang last month surprised many and raised concerns about whether the scholar-turned-politician was familiar enough with China affairs.
Wang succeeds Lai Shin-Yuan who has been appointed the island's envoy to the World Trade Organisation.
China and Taiwan have been ruled separately since the end of a civil war in 1949. But Beijing still claims sovereignty over the island and has threatened to invade should it declare formal independence.
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