By Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter

The legislature yesterday passed a motion to launch an investigation of retired military officers who attended an event in Beijing, at which Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) delivered a speech cautioning against Taiwanese “separatism,” with the officials likely to be deprived of pensions and medals.

In a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers raised the motion to order the Ministry of National Defense,過濾器 水世界 the Veterans Affairs Council and the Mainland Affairs Council to investigate retired lieutenant general Wu Sz-huai (吳斯懷) and former generals Wang Wen-hsieh (王文燮) and Hsia Ying-chou (夏瀛洲), who attended an event in Beijing on Friday last week to mark the 150th anniversary of Sun Yat-sen’s (孫逸仙) birth.

Although Wu, who retired in 2011, is allowed to visit China following a three-year travel restriction on former military officers, he should be prohibited from engaging in political activities in China, as Beijing’s hostility toward Taipei remains unabated, the motion read.

The National Security Bureau said that 32 former military officers ranked major general or higher are known to have attended the ceremony in Beijing.

None have assumed leadership positions at the ministry, bureau Third Section Director Huang Yu-shun (黃裕順) said, refusing to identify the officers.

The former officers’ presence at the ceremony in Beijing contravened military rules and their obligation to be loyal to the nation, which damaged morale in the armed forces and the public’s perception of the military, the motion read, adding that authorities should consider stripping them of their pensions and revoking their awards and medals.

Deputy Minister of National Defense Bo Hong-hui (柏鴻輝) agreed with the motion without making suggestions.

That former military officers attended a Chinese Communist Party event and “subscribed” to Beijing’s unification agenda is “unaccepta濾水器ble to taxpayers,” DPP Legislator Wang Ting-yu (王定宇) said.

Similar motions have been raised over the years, only for similar incidents to occur, suggesting that the ministry has not properly carried out investigations, DPP Legislator Chen Ting-fei (陳亭妃) said.

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Ma Wen-chun (馬文君) said it would be necessary to impose severe punishments if the retired officers endangered national security, but added that their pensions should be protected if no evidence of wrongdoing is found.

In addition to the latest incident, retired government officials participated in China’s National day celebration last month and there have been cases in which officials, before leaving office, reduced the length of travel restrictions for visits to China, DPP Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) said, urging the bureau to place retired officials who dealt with sensitive information under surveillance.


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