Taiwan’s defense minister resigns after being accused of plagiarism

Andrew Yang quits just a week after he was promoted.

Agence France-Presse (via ABS-CBNNews.com) reports that Taiwanese defense minister Andrew Yang resigned on Tuesday, August 6, after allegations surfaced on the media that he plagiarized an article he co-wrote with a friend six years ago.


According to the report, Yang offered to resign in the aftermath of legislator Kuan Pi-ling’s accusation that he plagiarized an article published in a book in 2007. The report pointed out: "Kuan claimed the article, an analysis on the People’s Liberation Army which had both Yang and a friend’s name on it, plagiarized material from a Chinese mainland magazine." At a late night press conference, Yang said that although he was not aware his friend plagiarized his article, he considers the error as his own and is deeply regretful about it.


Yang’s resignation comes barely a week after he was promoted from deputy minister after his boss, Kao Hua-chu, vacated his post because of public outrage over the death of a young conscript in an alleged military abuse case.

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