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Cabinet names new deputy defense minister

ROC Central News Agency

2013/10/22 17:37:59

Taipei, Oct. 22 (CNA) Taiwan's representative to Indonesia Andrew Hsia has been named the country's new deputy defense minister, the Cabinet said in a statement Tuesday.

Hsia, a career diplomat, will fill the post vacated by Andrew Yang, who was promoted to defense minister on August 1 but resigned six days later.

There had been concerns that no one would be willing to assume the post, which has been vacant for more than two months.

When questioned about the issue earlier this month at a legislative committee hearing, Defense Minister Yen Ming said an appointee would be named soon.

It was not immediately clear who will be named to replace Hsia in Indonesia.

Hsia's former posts include deputy foreign minister and head of Taiwan's representative office in New York.

Hsia, 63, is acquainted with former U.S. government officials who helped facilitate Washington's arms sales to Taipei, including former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz and former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, and has close connections with U.S. civilian experts in in areas such as international relations and defense, the Cabinet said.

The Cabinet said Hsia's many years of experience as a diplomat will serve the Ministry of National Defense well and help Taiwan in its efforts to procure arms from countries such as the United States.

(By Elaine Hou)

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