Want China Times
Taiwan will focus on developing its own defense capabilities if the Democratic
Progressive Party (DPP) returns to power, according to a blue paper on national defense published by a DPP think tank Tuesday.
DPP chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen, who will represent the party in the 2016 presidential election, said in the preface of the 12th blue paper that boosting Taiwan’s national defense industry will be at the center of national defense if the DPP returns to power.
The DPP usually publishes a blue paper on national defense every six months, but its New Frontier Foundation published four papers (9th to 12th) on Tuesday ahead of the presidential election in January 2016, which the DPP is favored to win.
“Because of China’s suppression, Taiwan’s ability to procure arms from other countries will become even more difficult. If Taiwan cannot develop the weapons it needs, the military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait will grow even wider,” Tsai said in the report. [FULL STORY]