By: Tai Ya-chen, Lu Hsin-hui and S.C. Chang
Taipei, March 15 (CNA) President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) told her staff
Tuesday that the country’s industrial development prospects must be considered when bolstering the country’s defense capabilities.
She shared her strategy ideas during a visit to Taiwan’s main weapons research and development institute in Taoyuan along with several Democratic Progressive Party lawmakers.
During the visit to the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, Tsai said that when acquiring new weapons from abroad, “we must not ignore industrial technology cooperation,” according to Chang Ching-sen (張景森), her policy office director.
Chang quoted Tsai as calling for formation of a “defense industry cluster” — part of a defense policy proposal she promoted during her election campaign aimed at achieving a self-reliant defense industry. [FULL STORY]