Ex-defense minister appointed to head Veterans Affairs Council - Focus Taiwan

Ex-defense minister appointed to head Veterans Affairs Council

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Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) Former Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) has been appointed minister of the Veterans Affairs Council, Cabinet spokeswoman Kolas Yotaka (谷辣斯‧尤達卡) announced Monday.

Feng fills the vacancy left by Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正), Kolas said.

Chiu was named to succeed Peng Sheng-chu (彭勝竹) as director-general of the National Security Bureau (NSB), following Peng's resignation last month over a cigarette smuggling scandal.

The case involves NSB officials accused of trying to smuggle about 9,800 cartons of cigarettes into Taiwan duty-free using President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) return from an overseas visit on July 22 as cover.

Feng is currently chairman of the Institute for National Defense and Security Research (INDSR), the first national defense think tank in Taiwan and served as minister of national defense from 2016-2018.

Feng is a retired three-star Army general and decorated officer who has served in various top posts in the military, including deputy chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces and commander of the Air Force Combatant Command.

He was also chairperson of the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. from 2006-2008.

Feng is equally familiar with the defense industry and defense technology, Kolas said.

Also, he is adept at business management and has experience promoting international military exchanges, she said, adding that the government hopes he will help enhance international military and veterans exchanges.

(By Ku Chuan and Evelyn Kao)


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