Defense minister’s overseas mission not a farewell trip: ministry

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/27
By: Liu Li-jung and Ko Lin

Taipei, Aug. 27 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense released a statement Sunday

CNA file photo

saying that the defense minister’s trip overseas is purely diplomatic in nature and not, as dubbed by a local media outlet, a “farewell trip.”

Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) set off Wednesday on a 17-day tour of Central America and the Caribbean to strengthen ties with Taiwan’s diplomatic allies in the region.

However, a report by Apple Daily called the overseas mission Feng’s “farewell trip” because in the past Taiwan’s defense ministers had only undertaken such foreign visits shortly before retiring.

The statement said such speculation was totally unfounded and noted Feng had received invitations from the commanding general of the Nicaraguan Army, Julio Cesar Aviles Castillo and Guatemalan Defense Minister Williams Mansilla Fernandez.

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