Radio Taiwan International
Taiwan’s defense ministry is getting ready to roll out the first Quadrennial Defense Review since President Tsai Ing-wen took office last May. The review, expected in March, involves an explanation of strategy and the military force levels needed, and will be used to gather support for a defense budget.
The military says that the annual Han Kuang military exercises will be conducted this year on the basis of the president’s new military strategy. As a result, the exercises – scheduled for May – will involve simulated war games to allow more time for a post-drill review. Actual troops will not be used in the exercises until next year.
President Tsai in January ordered the military to “confirm its direction and change its culture” and put a greater emphasis on “effective deterrence.” [FULL STORY]