Taiwan Names New Defense Minister In Reshuffle
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ The ruling Nationalist Party said Wednesday that President Chiang Ching- kuo’s brother was promoted to secretary general of the national security council and that the defense minister was also replaced.
Wang Tao-yuan, who has been secretary general of the security council, is replacing Adm. Soong Chang-chih as defense minister, the ruling party said in a news release.
Gen. Chiang Wego, 69, the president’s brother, was named as Wang’s sucessor on the council, which oversees all security and military agencies.
Chiang Wego had been the director of the Defense Ministry’s United Warfare Training Department.
The 76-year-old president recommended the changes at a weekly meeting of the party’s policy-making committee. Approval by the Cabinet is considered a formality.
No reason was given for the changes, and the party said Soong, 70, would be named a presidential adviser.
Soong has long been considered an influential member of the government, but there were suggestions his position suffered following the implication of three senior military intelligence officers in the slaying of Henry Liu, a Chinese-American journalist in Daly City, Calif.
Wang, considered a close friend of the president, has been a presidential adviser, vice minister of defense and justice minister.