In 1972 he went to Taiwan. His former brother-in-law Yuthok Tashi Dhondup was living there at the time. The Taiwanese government requested the two former cabinet ministers to operate a Kashag Office to represent the Tibetan people under the Chinese Nationalist regime.Surkhang and Yuthok refused to open a Kashag Office and instead opened the Kalon Office which was to function as a cultural center. The office became a controversial issue, especially when the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission became involved. As the two former ministers prepared to close the Office, Surkhang died of a heart failure on January 3, 1977.