Former presidential adviser blasts Tsai’s appointments

Former presidential adviser Wu Li-pei (???) on Tuesday criticized President Tsai Ing-wen's (???) appointments, saying it will be hard for Tsai to carry out reforms if she continues to use officials from previous administrations.

Describing Tsai's appointments as like "asking the devil for a prescription," the pro-Taiwan independence heavyweight took particular aim during a radio interview at Tsai's appointments of Lin Chuan (??) as premier and David Lee (???) as foreign minister.

He said Lin was overly conservative on economic issues and blasted him for continuing to allow Shiu Kuang-si (???) to serve as chairman of Mega Financial Holding Co., which was fined recently for violating U.S. anti-money laundering laws.

Shiu was general manager of the bank when the questionable practices for which the bank was fined took place.

Wu, the uncle of National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (???), also disapproved of Lee's appointment and questioned Lee's position on the "one China" policy, "one China" principle and "1992 consensus."

Wu questioned how Lee, if he agreed with those principles, could be expected to advocate Tsai's ideas.

Wu, who was a banker in the United States before serving as a presidential adviser in the previous Democratic Progressive Party administration under Chen Shui-bian (???), said he severed ties with his nephew following Lee's appointment.

Lee appeared reluctant to respond to Wu's remarks on Tuesday, saying only that he is fully devoted to everything he does and "gives his best."

Source: Focus Taiwan