Defense autonomy shows Taiwan’s resolve to defend itself: president

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/05/25
By: Lu Hsin-hui and Y.F. Low

Taipei, May 25 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday that building advanced jet trainers and submarines domestically are part of Taiwan’s efforts toward defense autonomy that demonstrate the country’s determination to defend itself.

Since her government was inaugurated last year, it has listed military reform as well as enhancement of military morale and dignity as a top priority, Tsai said after observing a live-fire drill held on the outlying islands of Penghu as part of the annual Han Kuang military exercises.

So far, the Ministry of National Defense has established projects to replace ageing weapons and refurbish old military buildings to improve the work environment and dignity of military personnel, and to pave the way for Taiwan’s defense autonomy, Tsai said.    [FULL  STORY]

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