Gen. Chiang Chung-ling
|Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang|
18 June 2000 – 30 March 2003
|20th Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China|
16 December 1994 – 31 January 1999
|Preceded by||Sun Chen|
|Succeeded by||Tang Fei|
|17th Commander-in-Chief the Republic of China Army|
November 1981 – June 1988
|Preceded by||Hau Pei-tsun|
|Succeeded by||Huang Hsin-chiang|
September 21, 1922|
Yiwu County, Chekiang Province, Republic of China
|Died||March 18, 2015
Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
|Nationality||Republic of China|
|Awards||Order of Blue Sky and White Sun|
|Allegiance||Republic of China|
|Service/branch||Republic of China Army|
|Years of service||1936–1992|
|Battles/wars||Third Taiwan Strait Crisis|
Chiang Chung-ling (simplified Chinese: 蒋仲苓; traditional Chinese: 蔣仲苓; pinyin: Jiǎng Zhònglíng, September 21, 1922 – March 18, 2015) was a Taiwanese army general, former Minister of Defense and Vice Chairman of the Kuomintang (Chinese Nationalist Party).
As Minister of Defense, he called for the use of Sky Horse missiles to rival Chinese M-class missiles. Also, several high profile military deaths occurred during his term as Minister of Defense. When being questioned by reporters outside the parliament on September 19, 1995, he replied with a rhetorical question, "哪個地方不死人?" ("Where do people not die?"). His reply caused a sensation and public condemnation, and finally he apologized on September 25, 1995.
After a C-130H military transport plane crashed on October 10, 1997, near Taipei, Chiang Chung-ling resigned as Minister of Defense on October 11 to take responsibility for the crash, in which all five crew members died.
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- Lu, Hsin-hui; Chen, Jay (19 March 2015). "Former Defense Minister Chiang Chung-ling dies at 93". Central News Agency. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
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