Taiwan steps up security after Paris terrorist attacks
ROC Central News Agency
Taipei, Nov. 25 (CNA) Minister of the Interior Chen Wei-zen (陳威仁) said Wednesday that the government has tightened its border controls and stepped up intelligence-sharing in the wake of the recent Paris terrorist attacks that killed nearly 130 people.
Taiwan has tightened personal checks and enhanced luggage screening at airports and ports to screen terrorist suspects through intelligence-sharing with other countries, and has enhanced anti-terror training for police, Chen said at a meeting of the Legislative Yuan's Interior Committee.
Chen was responding to concerns that Taiwan could be the target of a terrorist attack after U.S. President Barack Obama described Taiwan as a member of a 'global coalition' to counter the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS or ISIL, during a speech at the East Asia summit in Kuala Lumpur Nov. 23.
Chen said that Taiwan is a peace advocate and focuses its contributions upon international anti-terror efforts by providing humanitarian assistance and sharing intelligence.
Chen's statement came after Ministry of National Defense spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he (羅紹和) told reporters about ministry concerns that Taiwan could become a target for ISIS.
Earlier Wednesday, Luo told reporters that Taiwan is providing humanitarian aid and emergency relief in the global anti-terror campaign but will not get involved in military operations.
In addition, a newly released ISIS video showing a Republic of China flag displayed next to the U.S. flag among more than 80 other national flags has heightened security concerns ahead of Taiwan's Jan. 16 presidential election.
Chen urged the public not to panic while giving a report at the Legislature on security measures to guard the safety of the presidential and vice presidential candidates.
President Ma Ying-jeou said during a recent national security meeting that measures should be adopted to strengthen border security and intelligence-sharing with other countries, and the government should step up security at airports and harbors in light of the Paris terrorist attacks.
(By Chen Chun-hua and Evelyn Kao)
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