Defense minister says Taiwan is secure

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 07, 2018
By: Staff writer, with CNA

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) on Friday reaffirmed the ministry’s ability

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa   Photo: Fang Pin-chao, Taipei Times

to defend the nation.

The minister was responding to a CNN report on Thursday, which said that the US was planning a show of force in areas close to Chinese-claimed territory in the South China Sea and in the Taiwan Strait.

The Ministry of National Defense was closely monitoring the situation, Yen said.

“Taiwanese do not need to worry,” Yen said at a hearing held at the Legislative Yuan. “The military is capable of ensuring national security and defending the nation.”

In the report, CNN quoted several unnamed US military officials as saying that “the US Navy’s Pacific Fleet has drawn up a classified proposal to carry out a global show of force as a warning to China and to demonstrate the US is prepared to deter and counter their military actions.”

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