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ROC determined to prevent information leaks: MND

ROC Central News Agency

2011/09/07 14:10:13

By Stanley Cheung

Hong Kong, Sept. 7 (CNA) The military of the Republic of China (ROC) is determined to prevent information leaks despite recent improvements of cross-Taiwan Strait relations, said Taiwan's defense ministry Wednesday.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) made the remarks in a letter to the Asian Wall Street Journal, with the headline "Taiwan can keep America's military secrets."

The letter, penned by Luo Shou-he, the spokesperson of the defense ministry, was an attempt to rebut a Wall Street Journal op-ed published on Aug. 30.

Written by Michael Cole, deputy news chief of the Taipei Times, the op-ed argued that any arms sale to Taiwan carries the risk that sensitive military technology will end up in Beijing.

"Our military's determination to ensure the professionalism of its personnel and security mechanisms will not change despite recent improvements in the ROC's relations with mainland China," said the letter.

It indicated that the ministry has implemented changes in the wake of the arrest of Lo Hsien-che by strengthening its counter- intelligence program and updating security control measures.

Lo was convicted earlier this year of passing along sensitive information on command and control systems to mainland China.

"These moves have proven effective in preventing information leaks," the letter read.

The letter also noted that the United States and the ROC have long maintained open and candid communications, and the two nations engage in close cooperation on a wide range of issues based on the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Assurances.

"Demonstrating its confidence in and support of the ROC, the United States has approved a number of arms packages for sale to the ROC, totaling US$13 billion, in recent years. These weapons systems will greatly enhance the defense capability of our armed forces," the letter read.

The ministry said it has submitted requests to the U.S. for diesel-electric submarines, F-16 C/Ds, and the retrofit of the ROC's existing fleet of F-16 A/Bs, and these requests are being considered by the United States.

"As a decision is pending, any speculation as to the outcome is unwarranted and unhelpful," the letter read.

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