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Government-funded security think tank launched

2018/05/01 16:37:54

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) A national think tank titled the "Institute for National Security Studies" was inaugurated in Taipei Tuesday to study China's political, military and regional situation and engage in exchanges with international think tanks.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文), Presidential Office Secretary-General Chen Chu (陳菊), National Security Council Secretary-General David Lee (李大維) and Defense Minister Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發), were all present at the opening ceremony.

Several U.S. think tanks, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) of the United Kingdom, sent congratulatory messages for the opening.

The institute, the first of its kind in Taiwan, said in a statement that it hopes to recruit excellent strategic and military researchers to strengthen Taiwan's national security research ability and build its international reputation in the field, as the country faces complicated and sophisticated security challenges.

The government-funded think tank is chaired by former Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬), who stepped down as defense chief Feb. 26 after having served in the post since May 2016.

Former deputy head of the Mainland Affairs Council Lin Cheng-yi (林正義) serves as its chief executive and spokesman.

The institute is made up of seven divisions and one center and will publish an annual report on national security situation assessments, studies of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) and advanced national defense technology.

(By Matt Yu and Evelyn Kao)