Minister’s ex-husband engaged: tabloid

The China post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Council for Economic Planning and Development (CEPD) Minister Christina Liu was yesterday the subject of sympathy and speculation when a local tabloid plastered pictures of her ex-husband and his new fiance all over its pages.

Liu was appointed CEPD minister back in May. Right before her inauguration, Liu and Simon Dzeng, her husband of 13 years and president of China Development Industrial Bank, suddenly divorced. At the time, many wondered whether a third party was involved. Yesterday’s issue of Next magazine seemed to confirm people’s suspicions. Shown in the pages were intimate pictures of Dzeng with former Taiwan Television Enterprise financial broadcaster Janny Lu, with articles painting her as the home wrecker. Despite the hoopla, Liu remained professional and showed up yesterday at a scheduled Executive Yuan meeting. When the press hounded her with news of her ex-husband’s engagement, Liu replied that it was all in the past and therefore, someone else’s business. Lu, on the other hand, accused Liu of being the one feeding news to the tabloid. The former broadcaster claimed Liu had done it out of anger after hearing about the couple’s engagement, deciding to blow the cover off their romance. When questioned about Lu’s accusation, the CEPD Minister pled ignorance, saying she was preparing notes for the Executive Yuan meeting and hadn’t the time to read newspapers. Liu did reveal that Dzeng did not necessarily wait until after the divorce before he began seeing Lu.

“There are no laws regarding when a relationship starts; everyone has her own explanation,” Liu said, adding that in her opinion, the relationship began when she saw the two of them sharing a hotel room on a trip to Nanjing. “I still believe in love, in marriage,” the twice-divorced CEPD minister said.