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《TAIPEI TIMES》MOFA to pursue legal action against Hsu Chiao-hsin

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsu Chiao-hsin, left, and KMT caucus secretary-general Hung Mong-kai hold a news conference at the legislature in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsu Chiao-hsin, left, and KMT caucus secretary-general Hung Mong-kai hold a news conference at the legislature in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

2024/05/07 03:00

By Liu Tzu-hsuan / Staff reporter

Premier Chen Chien-jen (陳建仁) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday denounced Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Hsu Chiao-hsin (徐巧芯) for making false allegations about donations to Ukraine and disclosing confidential documents, with the ministry saying that it would take legal action.

The ministry last year signed an agreement with the Czech Republic on a healthcare project to assist Ukraine, which is to be carried out by the Czech Health Technology Institute.

Hsu accused the ministry of being indirectly involved in the party politics of the Czech Republic as institute chairman Petr Foit is a local medical supplier, and has close political and business relations with members of parliament.

Taiwan has no official relationship with Ukraine so the majority of projects to assist Ukraine are carried out jointly with its neighboring nations, such as the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Slovakia, ministry spokesman Jeff Liu (劉永健) told a news conference yesterday.

Central and eastern European nations are more experienced in assisting Ukraine and can communicate with Ukrainian officials directly, he said, adding that the cooperation also strengthens Taiwan’s ties with these nations.

The Czech government has taken cooperation with Taiwan seriously, sending its envoy for the reconstruction of Ukraine to Taiwan to sign the cooperative agreement in person, he said.

The agreement was classified given Taiwan’s unique diplomatic situation — cooperation between Taiwan and like-minded nations is often obstructed or undermined, he said.

However, relevant documents were all sent to the Legislative Yuan for review in accordance with legal procedures and can be accessed by legislators, he added.

Legislators can ask for the ministry’s clarification if they have questions about the documents, but they cannot disclose confidential documents to the media, he said.

Hsu on Sunday showed the agreement between Taipei and Prague to the media, using sticky notes to conceal parts of its content.

Asked about the basis of her allegation, Hsu told reporters she “heard about it.”

Liu said Hsu “completely ignored the protection of state secrets.”

Hsu on Sunday said that the information she disclosed had already been made public by the ministry, adding that she was supervising the government to prevent it from taking advantage of secretive agreements to spend money recklessly.

Chen yesterday said that as Taiwan is facing a difficult diplomatic situation, some diplomatic efforts are submitted to the legislature as confidential documents to prevent disruption by malicious third parties.

Hsu’s actions were “very harmful” to Taiwan’s diplomatic efforts and the defense of its sovereignty, he said.

Taiwan should cherish its friendship with other nations such as the US, Japan, the Czech Republic and Lithuania, all of which are willing to support Taiwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday.

Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hung Sun-han (洪申翰) said the documents Hsu showed were received by all 113 legislators, which demonstrated the openness and honesty of the project.

Disclosing the details of the cooperative project is a contravention of Article 132 of the Criminal Code, which stipulates that a public official who discloses secret information relating to matters other than national defense could face up to three years in prison, Hung said.

Additional reporting by Lin Hsin-han

新聞來源:TAIPEI TIMES

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Jeff Liu speaks at a news conference at the ministry in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Lo Pei-de, Taipei Times

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Jeff Liu speaks at a news conference at the ministry in Taipei yesterday. Photo: Lo Pei-de, Taipei Times

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