President announces measures to strengthen military reserves

Focus Taiwan
Date: 06/29/2020

By Matt Yu and Emerson Lim

President Tsai Ing-wen (center) / CNA photo June 29, 2020

Taipei, June 29 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) announced measures Monday to make Taiwan's military reserve force a more reliable backup for the regular forces in protecting the county amid increased military movements around Taiwan.

Tsai made the announcement during an award ceremony held at the Armed Forces Reserve Command to recognize military officers and reservists who made significant contributions in the fight against COVID-19, especially in the production of surgical face masks.

One measure involves building a reserve force that has similar combat capabilities to the regular Armed Forces by having them carry the same weapons and gear as full-time military members, Tsai said.

Other measures involve synchronizing the mobilization of manpower and strategic resources and establishing closer collaboration between the reserve force and different government departments and agencies, Tsai said.    [FULL  STORY]

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