Ma hon­ors late De­fense Min­is­ter Chi­ang

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOSEPH YEH

Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou yes­ter­day awarded post­hu­mous hon­ors to late De­fense Min­is­ter Chi­ang Chung-ling ( ) to rec­og­nize his con­tri­bu­tion to the coun­try as he at­tended Chi­ang’s me­mo­rial ser­vice in Taipei.

At­tend­ing the me­mo­rial ser­vice held at Holy Fam­ily Catholic Church, Ma be­stowed upon Chi­ang’s fam­ily a cer­tifi­cate rec­og­niz­ing Chi­ang’s con­tri­bu­tion to the na­tion as well as its armed forces.

Other guests who joined the cer­e­mony in­cluded for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Vin­cent Siew and two other for­mer de­fense min­is­ters, among oth­ers.

Chi­ang died of heart fail­ure on March 18 at Taipei Vet­er­ans Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal. He was 93.

Born in the main­land’s Zhe­jiang prov­ince in 1922, Chi­ang took part in the war against Ja­pan’s in­va­sion of China and the Kuom­intang (KMT) gov­ern­ment’s cam­paigns against the Red Chi­nese dur­ing the Chi­nese Civil War dur­ing his ca­reer as a pro­fes­sional sol­dier.

A de­fense min­is­ter from De­cem­ber 1994 to Jan­uary 1999, Chi­ang served un­der then Pres­i­dent Lee Teng-hui ( ) when Tai­wan was un­der­go­ing its de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion process.

Af­ter he stepped down as de­fense min­is­ter, Chi­ang served first as a se­nior ad­viser to the pres­i­dent and later as a vice chair­man of the KMT from 2000 to 2003.

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