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Air Force commander to serve as new chief of general staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- President Ma Ying-jeou has approved the appointment of current Air Force Commander General Yen Ming (嚴明) to the position of chief of general staff (參謀總長), the Ministry of National Affairs announced yesterday.

Yen, who will take the job on Jan. 16, is replacing Admiral Lin Chen-yi (林鎮夷), who will serve as a military strategy advisor to the President after having been in his current post for four years. Yen's vacancy will be filled by Liu Chen-wu (劉震武), deputy air force commander general.

A graduate of the Republic of China Air Force Academy, Yen worked his way through the Air Force ranks, serving as a wing chief, Air Force Academy president, Air Force chief of staff and Air Force deputy commanding general.

He was promoted to the rank of general in October 2008, making him the first military officer to be promoted to the rank of general after Ma assumed the presidency in May of that year.

Also a graduate of the Republic of China Air Force Academy, Liu served as a chief of general staff at the Air Force Command Headquarters, deputy chief of the general staff and deputy commander general of the Air Force.

Also yesterday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Anna A. Kao (高安), director general of the U.S. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta, will replace Steve Hsia (夏季昌) as the new spokesperson of the ministry. Hsia will serve as director general of U.S. Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston.

The announcement makes Kao the second female spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, after Chang Hsiao-yueh (張小月).

A graduate of the Department of Foreign Languages at the National Taiwan University, Kao entered the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984 and served as deputy director general of the Department of Information and Cultural Affairs before heading the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Atlanta in 2010.

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