President appoints new national security advisors

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Sidney Lin (林鶴明)/CNA file photo

Sidney Lin (林鶴明)/CNA file photo

Taipei, Sept. 8 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) has appointed two new advisors to the National Security Council (NSC), the Presidential Office announced Friday.

"The president has made the decision to appoint the head of the Coordination Council for North American Affairs, Tao Yi-feng (陶儀芬), and Taiwan External Trade Development Council Vice Chairman Kuo Lin-wu (郭臨伍) as new advisors to the security council," Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (林鶴明) said.

As a China research expert and international political science specialist, Tao will be able to contribute to the NSC with her profound understanding of and insights into China's political and economic developments and cross-Taiwan Strait relations, as well as issues related to Sino-U.S. relations, Lin said.

Kuo, on the other hand, has extensive experience in covering national security issues, notably during his time as director of the Office of Homeland Security under the Executive Yuan and as head of U.S.-based arms manufacturer Raytheon International Inc.'s division in the Asia-Pacific region, he added.

Tsai will rely on his professionalism and expertise to assist the government in devising homeland security policies, the spokesman said.

(By Sophia Yeh and Ko Lin)

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