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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Taiwan scandal over missing fund expands FROM Associated Press

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A scandal over a multimillion-dollar diplomatic bungle in Taiwan expanded Sunday after another member of outgoing President Chen Shui-bian's inner circle was questioned by prosecutors.

Vice Minister of Defense Ko Cheng-heng was questioned Saturday night over the loss of $29.8 million that the government had set aside for establishing diplomatic ties with the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.

"The vice minister told (prosecutors) that he was innocent," the brief statement said.

The loss of the money highlights the measures Taipei is willing to take to persuade countries to establish diplomatic relations, recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign country apart from China.

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