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Taiwan seeking to enhance defense capabilities

ROC Central News Agency

2016/12/14 17:28:41

Taipei, Dec. 14 (CNA) Taiwan's military is formulating a new national defense strategy to which the government plans to allocate more resources, in an effort to boost the country's defense capabilities, Presidential Office spokesman Alex Huang (黃重諺) said Wednesday.

Huang made the remarks after a senior U.S. defense official said a day earlier that defense spending in Taiwan had failed to keep pace with the threat posed by China and should be increased.

At a Tuesday forum in Washington organized by think tank Project 2049 Institute, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Abraham Denmark said that the main focus of China's military modernization was to achieve unification with Taiwan, by force if necessary.

"This makes it incumbent on Taiwan to prepare and invest in capabilities to deter aggression and mount an effective defense if deterrence fails," Denmark said, noting that the United States is committed to working with Taiwan to help it maintain a sufficient defense capability.

Defense resourcing is critical for Taiwan, he said, but cautioned that "Taiwan's defense budget has not kept pace with the threat developments and should be increased."

In response, Huang said that Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense is formulating a new military strategy and once approved, the government will inject more resources to bolster the country's defense capabilities and national security.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elaine Hou)

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