‘NOT NORTH KOREA’:Taiwan would not seek nuclear weapons in a bid to deter China or use them as a bargaining chip, Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan said
Date: May 08, 2017
By: Chen Wei-han / Staff reporter
The nation will remain committed to cross-strait peace despite increasing military
threats from China, which is expected to project its military power beyond the first island chain on a regular basis, Minister of National Defense Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬) said yesterday.
As China is building new aircraft carriers, the East China and Yellow seas will no longer be enough for the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to conduct training on open seas, and long-distance military operations beyond the first island chain, and even near the second island chain, would become common, Feng told a forum on national security strategy hosted by Tamkang University in New Taipei City.
China’s military power has grown exponentially, with its aircraft carrier group and bomber fleets capable of conducting training around and beyond Taiwan’s airspace, he said. [FULL STORY]