Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) said that Yang has long been involved in defense affairs and was in charge of talks with the US, making him a suitable minister.
In an interview with CNA, Yang said he would work to ensure that the complaint system related to perceived mistreatment in the military operates smoothly and that human rights are better protected.
When Yang was deputy defense minister, he was in charge of military administration, promoting a voluntary military service system, adjusting the national defense organization, facilitating cooperation among academia, industry and government, and improving research and development for national defense technology. He also visited foreign countries several times for military exchanges.
Additional reporting by Chris Wang and CNA