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Lee Hsiang-chou takes over as intelligence chief

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Former Deputy Minister of National Defense Lee Hsiang-chou (李翔宙) was sworn-in as Taiwan's top intelligence chief yesterday.

In a handover ceremony held at the National Security Bureau (NSB, 國安局) in Taipei, Lee took over the post from his predecessor, former Director-General Tsai De-sheng (蔡得勝).

Tsai, 65, served as NSB head since May 2009. The Presidential Office approved his resignation due to health problems on May 9. According to the National Security Council (NSC) that supervises the NSB, Tsai has been troubled by eye problems for a long time and tendered his resignation to NSC Secretary-General King Pu-tsung (金溥聰) earlier this month.

He now serves as an advisor to the Presidential Office, the NSC said.

A former Army commander, Lee, 61, has served in the military for over three decades. Lee was appointed the deputy defense minister this January.

He previously served in several important posts in the Ministry of National Defense (MND), including a post in the Deputy Chiefs of the General Staff for Personnel and Intelligence Communications and Electronics.

He also previously served as the Presidential Office security detail deputy chief and military police commander and is experienced in the security of national leaders.

His rich experience both in the military and in the president's security detail makes him a perfect choice for the NSB position, the NSC said.

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