The China Post news staff

Former Kuomintang (KMT) Secretary-General Liao Liao-yi (廖了以) was elected as the new head of Taiwan’s Association of East Asian Relations (AEAR), the association announced yesterday. Liao was chosen as the new chairman of the AEAR during a board and member meeting yesterday, Huang Ming-lang (黃明朗), secretary-general of AEAR told reporters. The 65-year-old senior KMT politician took the top AEAR position from Peng Run-tsu (彭榮村), who served in the position since Feb. 2009. Liao yesterday also confirmed the new post, saying that he will do his best to further boost Taiwan-Japan relations during his upcoming term.

Many believe Liao will take over the post because of his close association with former President Lee Teng-Hui, who is deeply connected to Japan and is highly recognized in Japanese political circles.