By: Lu Hsin-hui and Evelyn Kao
Taipei, May 19 (CNA) China has not reduced its military threat to Taiwan, as evidenced by its
continued deployment of missiles aimed at the island and ongoing training of military personnel, Hsu Pei-shan (許培山), deputy minister of National Defense, said Thursday.
Hsu was responding to a Pentagon report to the U.S. Congress on military developments in China released May 13 which stated that Chinese military development and deployments are a serious challenge to Taiwan’s security.
According to the report, despite positive cross-Taiwan Strait developments last year, such as the historic meeting between China’s leader Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) in Singapore, there have been no signs that China has significantly changed its military position concerning Taiwan.
“The PLA (People’s Liberation Army) continues to develop and deploy military capabilities intended to coerce Taiwan or to attempt an invasion, if necessary,” it said. [FULL STORY]