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DPP urges the containment of Chang's 'damage'

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- National security authorities should speed up remedial actions to control the supposed damage caused by former Mainland Affairs Council Deputy Minister Chang Hsien-yao (張顯耀), said Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) yesterday.

Wu made the remarks during the party's release of its blue paper on defense policies.

According to the Taipei District Prosecutors Office, the Investigation Bureau assigned Prosecutor Chen Shu-yi to investigate the allegations of Chang's "information leak" earlier yesterday. Chen is regularly appointed to cases that involve corruption.

As Taiwan's frontline negotiator with Beijing, Chang's previous engagements and negotiations with mainland China should be reviewed and looked into if the National Security Bureau, the Investigation Bureau and prosecutors all agree with the allegations of whistle-blowing by Chang, said Wu.

Future cross-strait negotiations will be affected if the MAC's accusations of Chang hold true, said Wu, who that for national security authorities evaluate Taiwan's losses.

DPP spokesman Huang Di-ying (黃帝穎) made similar demands of the government on Thursday, calling for the prosecution to crack down on Chang's case and criticizing the ineffectiveness of Taiwan's national security system.

Blue Paper Calls for Grace Period for Military Downsizing

At the release of the DPP's blue paper, Wu also commented on the Ministry of National Defense's (MND) plans to carry out a second round military downsizing.

"The second stage of streamlining the nation's military should be implemented after a trial period of at least two years, when the MND has gotten the grasp of the country's military needs," said Wu.

The best military plan is to have a force that meets the country's needs; the military should reflect on its defense strategies, missions and the necessary number of military personnel before conducting any streamlining.

The MND later responded to the opposition party's calls, saying that the second military downsizing would not be launched right after the first one ends this year.

"Any adjustment in the military structure is made according to Taiwan's external threats; the next stage is to be carried out in four stages — planning and evaluation, review of plans, preparation and then the execution," said MND spokesman Luo Shao Ho (羅紹和).

The first stage is set to begin in 2015, while the ongoing streamlining will be completed by the end of this year.

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