Taiwan: Military graft a sign of a broader problem

There have been media reports of a major corruption scandal at the Air Force Combatant Command involving a NT$3 billion (US$101.67 million) project to renovate a Taipei base.

Major General Chang Ta-wei (張大偉), director of the Ministry of National Defense’s Armaments Bureau, allegedly received a NT$30 million kickback from the contractor, BES Engineering Corp, the reports said.

The contractor and a gravel business operator allegedly serving as a middleman have been questioned by prosecutors investigating the case.

Taiwan was placed in “Band B” in Transparency International’s Government Defense Anti-Corruption Index in the first and second global analysis in 2013 and 2015. This is a top rank indicating a low risk of corruption.

The original full article can be found at taipeitimes.com

(Picture: Reuters/Tyrone Siu)

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