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Taiwan top security officials to stay in post: Reports

Taiwan top security officials to stay in post: Reports

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu and National Security Council Secretary-General Hu Wei-jen were likely to keep their jobs after President Ma Ying-jeou’s swearing-in for a second term on May 20, reports said Wednesday.
When the government of Premier Sean Chen took office in early February after Ma’s January 14 re-election, media speculated that the next wave of Cabinet changes would occur around the time of the inauguration. Specifically senior officials dealing with foreign affairs and defense were expected to be the targets for a reshuffle.
On Wednesday, the Presidential Office denied new media reports about changes at the NSC. Hu and Kao had received the trust of the president in their performance, and he had plans to ask them to continue to serve the country, presidential spokesman Fan Chiang Tai-chi told reporters. The comment was interpreted as confirmation that both officials would stay in their current jobs beyond May 20.
Fan Chiang rejected a magazine report claiming that Kao would take over Hu’s post at the NSC. Another report named former Kuomintang Secretary-General King Pu-tsong as the new NSC chief. King released a statement denying he was joining the government. Instead, he was taking up an unpaid position as adviser to the ruling party’s center for international relations, a KMT section which manages contacts with overseas political parties and thinktanks.
Fan Chiang said he understood that it was the media’s task to report possible Cabinet staff changes, but that they should at least call the government to ask for confirmation or denial of their reports.
The fate of Foreign Minister Timothy Yang was not yet known. He came under criticism months ago for alleged rocky relations with Singapore.


Updated : 2021-07-24 12:08 GMT+08:00