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Second official resigns in scandal

May 07, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A second Taiwanese official resigned over the loss of millions of dollars in a failed attempt to persuade Papua New Guinea to officially recognize Taiwan.

The government said Foreign Minister James Huang was leaving his post. Vice Premier Chiou I-jen announced Monday that he would resign.

The resignations follow last week's revelations that Taiwan lost $30 million in a failed 2006 attempt to establish ties with Papua New Guinea.

The money was intended as aid for the country, but a middleman, Ching Chi-ju, disappeared with the funds.

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