Kao Kuang-chi

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Kao Kuang-chi
高廣圻
Minister Kao Kuang-chi 高廣圻部長 - 立法院考察漢光32號演習電腦輔助指揮所演習 (46).jpg
31st Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China
In office
31 January 2015 – 20 May 2016
Deputy Liu Chen-wu, Cheng Te-mei, Chen Yeong-kang
Preceded by Yen Ming
Succeeded by Feng Shih-kuan
23rd Chief of the General Staff of the Republic of China Armed Forces
In office
8 August 2013 – 30 January 2015
Preceded by Yen Ming
Succeeded by Yen Teh-fa
Further information
Acting Minister of National Defense of the Republic of China
In office
7 August 2013 – 7 August 2013
Preceded by Andrew Yang
Succeeded by Yen Ming
5th Deputy Minister (Armaments) of National Defense of the Republic of China
In office
1 September 2012[1] – 6 August 2013
Minister Kao Hua-chu
Andrew Yang
Preceded by Chao Shih-chan
Succeeded by Yen Teh-fa[2]
26th Executive Vice Chief of the General Staff of the Republic of China Armed Forces
In office
16 May 2011 – 1 September 2012
Deputy Lei Yu-chi
Lee Hsiang-chou
Liu Chen-wu
Yen Teh-fa
Chief Lin Chen-yi
Preceded by Wu Ta-peng
Succeeded by Chen Yeong-kang
3rd Commander of the Republic of China Navy
In office
21 May 2009 – 16 May 2011
Preceded by Wang Li-sheng
Succeeded by Tung Hsiang-lung
Personal details
Born (1950-03-09) 9 March 1950 (age 67)
Taiwan
Nationality Republic of China
Military service
Allegiance Republic of China
Service/branch Republic of China Navy
Years of service 1972–2015
Rank Admiral
Battles/wars Third Taiwan Strait Crisis

Kao Kuang-chi (Chinese: 高廣圻; pinyin: Gāo Guǎngqí) is a Taiwanese politician. He was a retired admiral of the Republic of China Navy, and later entered the cabinet as Minister of National Defense from 2015 to 2016.

Admiral Kao Kuang-chi in 2008.

He was the acting Minister of National Defense from 7 August 2013 after the sudden resignation of Defense Minister Andrew Yang, just six days after taking his office after the previous Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu's resignation due to the controversial death of Corporal Hung Chung-chiu.

Kao Kuang-chi was succeeded by Yen Ming after his official appointment by the Executive Yuan on 8 August 2013. Kao Kuang-chi replaced Yen as the ROC Chief of the General Staff on 8 August 2013.[3]

Kao submitted his resignation on 8 April due to the Boeing AH-64 Apache scandal[4] in Taiwan. However, his resignation was rejected by President Ma Ying-jeou.

Minister of National Defense[edit]

Kao was inaugurated as the Minister of National Defense on 30 January 2015 in a ceremony presided by Minister without Portfolio Lin Junq-tzer in Taipei. During the handover ceremony, Lin praised his predecessor accomplishments during Yen's tenure in pushing for a complete military judicial system reforms and for better protecting human rights protection of military personnel.[5]


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