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Taiwan says China still a 'threat' despite improved ties

ROC Central News Agency

2011/08/30 12:56:17

By Nancy Liu

Taipei, Aug. 30 (CNA) China still poses a national security threat to Taiwan despite a reduction in cross-Taiwan Strait tensions, the country's deputy defense minister said Tuesday.

Speaking at an international forum in Taipei on regional security in Asia, Andrew Yang highlighted the danger of China's growing military might and urged countries to sell defensive weapons to Taiwan.

He explained to an audience of military and government officials from 13 countries that Taiwan does not intend to engage in an arms race with China, saying the weapons needed by Taiwan are defensive would merely upgrade existing forces.

Also making a push to strengthen Taiwan's arsenal, Defense Minister Kao Hua-chu met with United States Congressman Gerald Connolly on Aug. 29 in Taipei to reiterate the country's resolution to procure weapons from the U.S., the Chinese-language Liberty Times reported Tuesday.

Connolly is a leader of the U.S. Congressional Taiwan Caucus, a bipartisan group that supports Taiwan.

Kao reiterated the urgent need for the procurement of diesel-electric submarines and F-16 C/D fighter jets, as well as a package to upgrade Taiwan's F-16 A/B aircraft, according to the report.

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