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Taiwan names China Airlines chairman as minister

Published on Feb 3, 2013 9:19 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan on Sunday appointed the chairman of China Airlines as the new economic affairs minister as part of a dramatic cabinet reshuffle to tackle the sluggish economy, officials said.

Chang Chia-chu will succeed Shih Yen-shiang, the cabinet said in a statement. Shih has come under fire for a controversial hike in domestic oil and utility fees last year.

"Mr Chang has served as the chief executive in private enterprises and joined the government sector before," the statement said, referring to Chang's previous experience as chairman of the island's China Steel Corp and as a deputy transport minister.

It described Chang as a "innovative reformer" who enabled the steel company to comfortably survive the 2008 global economic crisis.

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