3 named to top ministerial posts

A Chinese flag is seen in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, China, on Jan 19, 2016.
A Chinese flag is seen in front of the financial district of Pudong in Shanghai, China, on Jan 19, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI • Taiwan has named a foreign affairs official and a former fighter pilot to the top posts for China policy and defence, underscoring its intention to engage with China and build its own military hardware.

Ms Chang Hsiao-yueh, 63, a 40-year foreign affairs officer, was named yesterday as chief of the ministerial-level Mainland Affairs Council. She will be the second woman to lead it, after incoming President Tsai Ing-wen held the key post in the early 2000s, Reuters reported.

Mr Feng Shih-kuan, a former military attache, will be defence minister. After a career in the air force, the 71- year-old headed the Aerospace Industrial Development Corp, Taiwan's state- backed aerospace manufacturer, which built its first home-grown jet fighters and supports its fleet of F-16s.

Mr David Lee, Taiwan's top envoy to Australia, will take over as foreign minister, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2016, with the headline '3 named to top ministerial posts'. Print Edition | Subscribe