Reshuffle of no benefit to NSC: sources

LACKING DIRECTION:The National Security Council should not have judicial reform or polling experts in its leadership, as they do not suit the agency’s role, an ex-official said

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 12, 2017
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter

The purpose and duties of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) National Security

Secretary-General to the President Joseph Wu, National Security Council Secretary-General Yen Teh-fa, Chief of General Staff Lee Hsi-ming, Vice Minister of National Defense Pu Tze-chun and Vice Minister of National Defense for Armaments Chang Kuan-chun, left to right, are sworn in at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Monday last week. Photo: CNA

Council (NSC) are obscure, and despite a reshuffle of members, no clear strategic objectives have emerged, former national security officials said.

Tsai’s appointments seem to support no particular policy direction, compared with the national security teams of former presidents Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁) and Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), which highlighted foreign policy and cross-strait relations respectively, former officials said.

Former chief of the General Staff Yen Teh-fa (嚴德發) and academic Tsai Ming-Yen (蔡明彥) were sworn in on Monday last week as NSC secretary-general and deputy secretary-general respectively.    [FULL  STORY]

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