CAULDRON:China’s activities in the South China Sea and the freedom of navigation patrols of the US could inflame regional tensions, a government defense report is to say
Date: Mar 16, 2017
By: J.R. Wu / Reuters, Taipei
China’s accelerated military development and recent activity by its military aircraft and ships around Taiwan pose an increased threat, according to a government defense report draft reviewed by Reuters.
This year’s Quadrennial Defense Review also highlights the uncertainty over the future strategic direction of the US in the region, the impact of Japan flexing its military capabilities and “conflict crisis” potential in the disputed South China Sea.
“The recent activity of Chinese jets and ships around Taiwan shows the continued rise in [China’s] military threat capabilities,” highlighting the importance of Taiwan’s need to defend itself, the draft says. “In addition to posing a military threat to our nation, it also has a negative impact on regional stability.”
The review is due to be presented to the legislature today by Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬). [FULL STORY]