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Defense minister urges distance from defected pilot's flight school

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/14 20:38:21

Taipei, Oct. 14 (CNA) Defense Minister Yen Ming urged retired military personnel Monday to keep their distance from a former Air Force pilot who defected to China and a flight school he plans to open.

The comments follow a report the same day in Taiwan's Liberty Times that Huang Chih-cheng, a former Air Force major who switched allegiances to China in 1981, is recruiting Taiwanese military personnel for a flight school backed by China's People's Liberation Army.

Yen stressed that Huang is to this day a fugitive wanted by Taiwanese authorities, and the defense ministry has never let him off the hook.

'We have not endorsed or had any contact (with Huang),' Yen said about the reported flight school, emphasizing that its establishment is 'a personal move' on the part of Huang.

Yen admitted that some retired military personnel from Taiwan 'are in contact with him, but they have gone there on a personal level and in a legal manner.'

He reminded military personnel to follow laws and regulations restricting ex-officials' visits to China and urged keeping their distance from Huang.

Huang's company, Cross-Strait Ping Cheng Air Investment Inc., is reportedly behind the school. He founded the company shortly after retiring from his job as a Chinese air force major general in March, according to Liberty Times.

(By Claudia Liu and Kay Liu)

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