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Taiwan's Defense Minister apologizes on behalf of officer who fled
AFAR
10/16/2002



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Taiwan Defense Minister on Wednesday (October 16) apologized to the Defense Committee of the Parliament on behalf of one of his subordinates who escaped to Mainland China via Thailand.

The Taiwan military said on Tuesday that, without authorization, Wang Yi-hung, a lieutenant in the Army Missile Command Center, took his wife and children to Thailand before arriving in Beijing. This will be seen as an act of “betraying the country” if Wang and his family do not return by a designated time.

One representative from the Taiwanese authorities was quoted as saying that Wang was not a hard worker and could not get along with colleagues. In addition, Wang was in debt for as much as one million Taiwanese yuan. But this official refused to confirm that these were the reasons behind this defection.

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