Former Cabinet secretary-general appointed to Taiwan NSC

Yeh served as government spokesman, minister without portfolio and Cabinet secretary-general

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Former Cabinet spokesman Yeh Kuo-hsing (left) (photo courtesy of GIO).

Former Cabinet spokesman Yeh Kuo-hsing (left) (photo courtesy of GIO).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Former Cabinet spokesman Yeh Kuo-hsing (葉國興) will be appointed deputy secretary-general of the National Security Council (NSC), the Presidential Office Friday.

Yeh, 66, served as government spokesman, minister without portfolio and secretary-general of the Cabinet in the administration of President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), who governed Taiwan from 2000 to 2008. Yeh has been absent from the political scene for a long time, the Apple Daily noted. He studied international relations at Columbia University, as well as law and economics in Japan and at New York University.

At the same time, economics specialist Shih Chun-chi (施俊吉), who served as vice premier with Premier William Lai (賴清德) until early this year, will be appointed adviser to the NSC.

The current NSC deputy secretary-general, Chen Chun-lin (陳俊麟), would also serve as adviser to the body, according to media reports.

The Apple Daily described Yeh as holding strong views in favor of Taiwanese identity.

The NSC gathers top diplomacy, defense and national security officials. Its current secretary-general is former Foreign Minister David Lee (李大維).

The changes were motivated by the current international situation, including the trade disputes between the United States and China, the situation of cross-strait relations, and rapid changes in society, the Central News Agency quoted the Presidential Office as saying.