Fighter-Trainers and Submarines: Taiwan’s Defense Industry Turns Inward

Taiwan’s capabilities in software and IT hardware will also likely stand it in good stead when it comes to developing Taiwan’s cyber warfare capabilities.

The News Lens
Date: 2017/05/12
By: Tim Ferry

In the face of China’s rapid military build-up and Beijing’s pressure on other

Photo Credit: WIKI

countries not to sell weaponry to Taiwan, “what can Taiwan do except developing its own defense industry?” asks National Chengchi University professor Arthur Ding (丁樹範), a defense specialist. “It’s the inevitable outcome of China’s interference.”

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has long made national defense a key plank in the party’s platform, and during her election campaign, President Tsai Ing-wen(蔡英文) promised to raise defense spending to at least 3% of GDP.

Taiwan’s defense budget for 2016 comes in at NT$356 billion (US$11.6 billion), just over 2% of GDP, but Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan recently announced that the defense budget would rise by 50% to reach 3% of GDP in 2018.   [FULL  STORY]

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