General Yen Ming Becomes New Minister of National Defense

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou today announced that General Yen Ming will serve as Taiwan’s new Minister of National Defense starting on Thursday, August 8. Yen replaces Andrew Yang, who announced his resignation on August 6. Yang resigned after allegations that a joint article in a book he compiled and published in 2007 (“Ready for the D-Day”) contained plagiarized passages.

General Yen Ming was most recently the Chief of the General Staff, and has served in a number of top positions in the Taiwan military. A graduate of the Air Force Academy, Yen served the Taiwan Air Force as Wing Chief, Academy President, Chief of Staff, Deputy Commanding General, and Commanding General of the Air Force. He was promoted to the rank of General in October, 2008.


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