Publicly funded security think tank to be launched Tuesday

Taipei, A semi-official think tank responsible for studying and offering advice on national security issues to the government will be officially launched Tuesday, with a former defense minister serving as its first head.

The government-funded "Institute for National Security Studies" (???????) will be chaired by ex-defense chief Feng Shih-kuan (???), who stepped down as defense minister on Feb. 26 after having served in the post since May 2016.

Senior government officials, including National Security Council deputy head Tsai Ming-yen (???), Deputy Foreign Minister Francois Wu (???) and Mainland Affairs Council deputy chief Chiu Chui-cheng (???), will serve as board members of the think tank.

The organization's chairman and board director and senior advisor position will all be unpaid positions.

With an annual budget of NT$125 million (US$4.2 million), the institute is to open at the former headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense near the Presidential Office in downtown Taipei.

It will be responsible for doing research on national security, regional security, and China's politics and military and for conducting exchanges with counterparts around the world.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel