President, MND mum on choice for military chief

TOP CHOICE:Chiu Kuo-cheng is favored given his experience, leadership style and communication ties with the current administration, reports say

Taipei Times
Date: Nov 24, 2016
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The Presidential Office and the Ministry of National Defense (MND) yesterday remained silent amid reports that Army Commander General Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) is to be appointed as the military’s chief of the general staff.

A report by the Chinese-language Liberty Times (the Taipei Times’ sister newspaper) yesterday said that Chiu is to succeed Chief of the General Staff Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發), who is to retire on Thursday next week.

As Yen and Chiu are both from the army, such a decision would break with the tradition of selecting the head of the general staff selection from the army, navy and air force on a rotational basis.

Chiu was reportedly favored for his comprehensive experience, strict leadership style and good communication with President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) administration.    [FULL  STORY]

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