MOFA denies preferential treatment to KMT in Japan

By Joseph Yeh,The China Post

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) yesterday denied “differential treatment” accusation raised by local media during the ongoing ruling Kuomintang (KMT) delegation’s Japan trip. The Chinese-language Liberty Times reported yesterday that Taiwan’s representative office in Japan has “warmly received” a delegation of legislative candidates and incumbent legislators, headed by Legislative Deputy Speaker Tseng Yung chuan (曾永權) of the KMT. The KMT delegation that began its East Asian country tour Wednesday was also joined by King Pu-tsung (金溥聰), executive director of President Ma Ying-jeou’s campaign office.

The report accused the representative office of favoring the ruling party by sending four secretaries to offer help to King and the delegation members during his speech at Waseda University in Tokyo Wednesday. However, during a trip by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen’s Japan earlier this month, the representative office only sent one secretary to welcome the opposition leader at the airport, the report said. In response, Yang said yesterday that the representative office in Japan is offering equal amount of assistance to both ruling and opposition delegations. “Our staff in Japan has previously sent letters to both parties, asking what kind of help they need during their trips,” Yang noted. Yang further disclosed that there are some occasions that these diplomatic personnel are denied entrance even though they did express the wish to help. No Favoritism: Representative to Japan

Meanwhile, Taiwan’s representative in Japan yesterday also denied preferential treatment allegations, saying the charge was “totally ungrounded.” The office told the Central News Agency yesterday that Taiwan’s deputy representative to Japan Lo Koon-tsan (羅坤燦) had greeted both KMT and DPP’s delegations during both visits, which can serve as proof that there is no special treatment to the ruling party. Asked to comment, the country’s de facto ambassador to Japan John Feng, (馮寄台) as both sides lack official ties, said his office will not make such inappropriate favoritism treatment to any particular party and will abide to administrative neutrality.

Feng was previously criticized for failing to greet Tsai at the airport when she touched down in Tokyo though he was at the airport when the DPP leader arrived.

In his defense, the representative said he was in a tight schedule so he was there only to pick up his wife.