Taiwan swears in new defense minister

24-Feb-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:56 AM Print This Post

Retired general Chiu Kuo-cheng was sworn in as the new minister of national defense Tuesday (February 23) with the promise to continue military reforms.

His appointment formed part of a Cabinet reshuffle of top security, defense, and China policy officials announced on February 19. Chiu’s predecessor, Yen Te-fa, also a retired general, was moved over to the National Security Council (NSC) to serve as an adviser.

At the handover ceremony Tuesday morning, neither official made any public statements, CNA reported. Key projects facing the military over the next few years are the continuing upgrade of the Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets and the construction of the nation’s first-ever domestically developed submarine.

The development of its own weapons systems, from missiles to submarines to other vehicles, has been the government’s core defense policy in the face of China’s increasing aggressiveness, as expressed by the almost daily incursions of Chinese warplanes into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone.

Officials praised Chiu’s experience, which stretched from serving as a defense university president and as chief of staff to heading the National Security Bureau (NSB), Taiwan’s top intelligence agency, over the past year.



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