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Taiwanese top military official Shen Yi-ming salutes during a press conference in Taipei. File photo/AP
Taiwan's top military official was killed in an air force helicopter crash Thursday morning that killed seven other people, the defense ministry said.
Five people survived the crash in mountains outside the capital.
As chief of the general staff, Gen. Shen Yi-ming was responsible for overseeing the island's defense against China, which threatens to use military force to annex what it considers it own territory.
The helicopter was flying from Taipei to the northeastern city of Ilan for a new year's activity when it crashed.
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