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    《TAIPEI TIMES》 DPP decries retired general’s comments

    National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Ming-tong addresses a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: CNA

    National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Ming-tong addresses a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday. Photo: CNA

    2021/10/21 03:00

    ‘IT’s FINE’: Retired army lieutenant general Chi Lin-liang reportedly told a radio show that China’s military drills near Taiwan should not be considered harassment

    By Jonathan Chin / Staff writer, with CNA

    Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers yesterday expressed outrage after a retired army general had on Tuesday implied that China has the right to fly warplanes over Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ).

    Retired army lieutenant general Chi Lin-liang (季麟連), who chairs the Chinese Nationalist Party’s (KMT) Huang Fu-shin branch — the party’s veteran affairs organization — told a radio show that any country can fly in the skies over the Pratas Islands (Dongsha Islands, 東沙群島), which he claimed to be “international airspace.”

    “Let them [the warplanes] come through — it’s fine,” he said.

    Beijing’s military drills near Taiwan are more frequent than the Ministry of National Defense has disclosed, but they should not be considered harassment of Taiwan, he added.

    During yesterday’s legislative session with defense and intelligence officials, DPP Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) said that Chi abetted China’s psychological warfare against Taiwan and that the Ministry of National Defense’s Political Warfare Bureau should take action against him.

    “Such a comment would have been laughable if it came from an ordinary citizen, but not from the mouth of a retired general,” he said, adding that some retired military officers have made remarks about China that appeared to have been “coordinated at a high level.”

    DPP Legislator Chao Tien-lin (趙天麟) said that Chi had spread disinformation in an attempt to downplay Beijing’s hostile intent.

    Taiwan has laid sovereignty claims to the skies above the Pratas Islands as an extension of the atoll’s land mass, National Security Bureau Director-General Chen Ming-tong (陳明通) told lawmakers.

    “Chi’s comment that no nation owns the skies over the Dongsha Islands is absurd to the international community and the nation,” he said.

    The bureau is aware that retired generals have echoed the Chinese Communist Party’s statements, he added.

    The Political Warfare Bureau would bolster its operational security protocols for former military members, agency Director-General Chien Shih-wei (簡士偉) said.

    新聞來源:TAIPEI TIMES

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