By: Ko Lin, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
President Ma Ying-jeou expressed his disappointment over China’s recent military drill
codenamed “Stride 2015 Zhurihe,” an exercise which drew huge criticism over its simulated invasion of Taiwan by the People’s Liberation Army.
“We have to be well-prepared to defend against China’s aggression,” Ma told the BBC during an exclusive interview at the presidential office on Monday.
When asked by the BBC if Ma was uncomfortable with the idea of China’s simulated attack on the Presidential Office, he said although he is displeased over the exercise, both sides have always carried out drills simulating the other side as foes.
“The primary objective is to reduce the risk of a conflict. However, we have to be well-prepared for any potential conflicts across the strait.” [FULL STORY]