‘SHOCKED AND INFURIATED’:A bipartisan volley of vitriol and demands for resignations greeted MND officials, amid fears recent security lapses might affect ties with the US
Date: Apr 08, 2015
By: Alison Hsiao / Staff reporter
The security breach involving AH-64E Apache helicopters could have repercussions on the
Taiwan-US relationship and on future arms sales, Premier Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said yesterday when questioned on the legislative floor in Taipei about it.
Deputy Minister of National Defense Admiral Chen Yung-kang (陳永康), however, said Taiwan-US cooperation is multifaceted and would not be affected by the incidents.
The controversy set off by a visit by a group of civilians to the restricted 601st Air Cavalry Brigade base housing US-made AH-64E Apache helicopters — led by Apache helicopter pilot Lieutenant Colonel Lao Nai-cheng (勞乃成) — has continued over the past few days, with Lao’s wife saying that the publicized trip was not the first time she had visited an Apache helicopter and Brigade Commander Chien Tsung-yuan (簡聰淵) yesterday being accused of having organized a tour for his friends and relatives at the base in February. [FULL STORY]