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Defense corruption risk low: TI report

‘B’ BAND:Taiwan’s defense sector was listed alongside the UK’s and the US’, among others, while only Australia and Germany received a higher rating in the global survey

Staff writer, with CNA

In response to the report, the Ministry of National Defense pledged yesterday to gradually reduce the secret portion of its budget to enhance transparency and prevent corruption in the military.

The ministry said the ratio of its classified spending had been lowered to about 5 percent from last year’s 8.25 percent, but it agreed that “there is still room for improvement and we are determined to lower the ratio steadily.”

While the report also said that the military promotions system has been criticized in the past for being influenced by political and personal preferences, Ministry of National Defense spokesman Major-General David Lo (羅紹和) said that the military has always followed a principle of openness, impartiality and fairness in recruitment and promotion.

On the report’s suggestions that civic groups be given a say in defense policy formulation, Lo said the ministry would invite TI and other watchdogs to attend its public hearings and symposiums to offer recommendations.

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