King Pu-tsung de­nies be­ing on a se­cret mission to Ja­pan

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Fomer Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil (NSC, ) Sec­re­taryGen­eral King Pu-tsung ( ) said Wed­nes­day that a tabloid re­port at­tribut­ing ul­te­rior mo­tives to his cur­rent visit to Ja­pan is purely spec­u­la­tive and false.

In a four-point state­ment, King said he and fam­ily are in Ja­pan on a spring break hol­i­day and will all re­turn home over the course of the week.

He said his chil­dren will leave first to re­turn to school and he and his fa­ther-in-law will re­main for a few days to visit friends but will be back in Tai­wan later in the week on a di­rect flight from Ja­pan.

Next Mag­a­zine’s ( ) re­port that he is in Ja­pan to carry out a se­cret mission for Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou is re­gret­table, un­true and noth­ing but sheer spec­u­la­tion, said King, who is known to be a close con­fi­dant of the pres­i­dent.

The tabloid on Wed­nes­day linked King’s visit to an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions that Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou had ac­cepted a po­lit­i­cal do­na­tion of NT$200 mil­lion from Ting Hsin In­ter­na­tional Group ( ) of Tai­wan in 2012 and said King was on a se­cret mission for the pres­i­dent.

In his state­ment, King said that ev­ery time he goes abroad, he files the re­quired ap­pli­ca­tion for per­mis­sion to travel and books a re­turn ticket. His travel records are avail­able from the air­lines, he said.

One

of

King’s

friends, who asked not to be named, said it was ridicu­lous that King’s fam­ily va­ca­tion would be painted by the tabloid as a se­cret mission for Pres­i­dent Ma.

“Does not King have the right to free­dom of move­ment and the right to travel abroad with his fam­ily?” his friend asked.

King re­signed from the NSC in Fe­bru­ary for health rea­sons and has since been spend­ing most of his time with his fam­ily and seek­ing heath care, ac­cord­ing to his friend.

Last month, a guest on a TV po­lit­i­cal talk show claimed that King was about to fly to the United States with seven other un­known fig­ures on a se­cret mission for Ma, but in fact King was in Taipei at the time, as proven by me­dia pho­to­graphs show­ing him with friends at a restau­rant in the city, his friend said.

King’s plan to travel with his fam­ily to Ja­pan dur­ing the spring break this month was re­ported since March on an on­line news site.

CNA

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