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Cabinet spokesman to serve as national security adviser

2012/05/16 18:45:50

Taipei, May 16 (CNA) The Presidential Office confirmed Wednesday that the country's top security adviser, Hu Wei-chen, will continueto serve as secretary-general of the National Security Council, whileCabinet spokesman Philip Yang will return to the council as an adviser, in the latest reshuffle of the country's national security team.

Yang, who doubles as Government Information Office minister, previously served as an adviser on the council between 2008 and 2010.

Another five advisers will consist of four incumbents -- Lee Chia-chin, Chung Chien, Yuan Kuei-sheng, Wang Yu-chi -- and new memberChiu Kun-shuan, a professor at National Chengchi University's GraduateInstitute of East Asian Studies.

The appointments of Yang and Chiu were made to fill the posts vacated by Tung Kuo-yu, who was named a deputy foreign affairs minister last October, and Chen Teh-sheng, who will return to National Chengchi University to teach, the Presidential Office said.

Meanwhile, two deputy secretaries-general, John Deng and Liu Chih-kung, will stay put, while Lu Hsiao-jung will replace a third deputy, Ke Kuang-yeh, the office said.

Lu, 62, has served as vice president of National Defense University and as chief of the Kinmen Defense Command and of theMatsu Defense Command.

The office said President Ma Ying-jeou acknowledged the performances of the outgoing Ke and Chen and expressed appreciationfor their contributions to national security and cross-Taiwan Straitexchanges.

(By Lee Shu-hua and Scully Hsiao)