Tang Yao-ming

Tang Yao-ming (Chinese: 湯曜明; pinyin: Tāng Yàomíng; born 29 November 1940) is a retired Taiwanese general officer. He was the Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China (ROC) from 2002 to 2004.

Tang Yao-ming
湯曜明
Senior General (ROCA) Tang Yao-ming 陸軍一級上將湯曜明.jpg
23rd Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China
In office
1 February 2002 – 19 May 2004
DeputyChen Chao-min
Kang Ning-hsiang
Lin Chong-pin
Preceded byWu Shih-wen
Succeeded byLee Jye
17th Chief of the General Staff of the Republic of China Armed Forces
In office
1 February 1999 – 31 January 2002
Preceded byTang Fei
Succeeded byLee Jye
Personal details
Born (1940-11-29) 29 November 1940 (age 80)
Muhō, Daiton, Taichū, Taiwan, Empire of Japan (today Wufeng, Taichung, Taiwan)
NationalityRepublic of China
Political partyKuomintang

Ministry of National DefenseEdit

Tang was named to the position of defense minister on 20 January 2002, making him the first person born on the island of Taiwan to hold the post.[1]

2002 United States visitEdit

In 2002, Tang visited St. Petersburg, Florida, United States to attend the US-Taiwan Defense summit, making him the first ROC Minister of National Defense to visit the United States after the US government ended official relations in 1979.[2][3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hsu, Brian (10 January 2002). "Tang Yao-ming to get defense post". Taipei Times. Retrieved 5 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Tang Yao-ming confirms he has been invited to US". Taipei Times. 24 February 2002. Retrieved 5 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Taiwan's deputy defense minister to visit US: report". Space Daily. 23 November 2002. Retrieved 5 December 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)