Resignation of Taiwan's mainland affairs chief not to affect cross-Strait contact

BEIJING, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) -- The resignation of Taiwan's mainland affairs chief Wang Yu-chi will not affect normalization of the cross-Strait contact mechanism, said a mainland official on Wednesday.

Regular communication between the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office and Taiwan's mainland affairs committee was established during Wang's tenure.

The mainland will not comment on the island government's personnel change, Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for the State Council Taiwan Affairs Office, said at a press conference.

Wang announced his resignation on Tuesday, taking responsibility for forcing his former deputy to quit in August last year over allegations that he had leaked official secrets.

At a press conference announcing his decision, Wang said he felt sorry for the social turmoil caused by the case involving former mainland affairs deputy chief Chang Hsien-yao.

Wang's resignation came shortly after Taipei prosecutors said earlier Tuesday that they would not indict Chang for allegedly leaking secrets to the Chinese mainland because of a lack of evidence.

Expressing his disappointment, Wang said he cannot agree with the prosecutors' view but has no choice but to respect it.

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