By: Sophia Yeh and Romulo Huang
Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) flew to Taiwan’s Matsu Islands on Thursday to visit military personnel posted there and wish them a happy Lunar New Year. The president was accompanied by National Security Council Secretary-General Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan (馮世寬), Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) and other government officials.
Speaking at a luncheon held in honor of military officers, Tsai praised the servicemen for their dedication to safeguarding and protecting the country, particularly at a time when most people are preparing for family reunions during the Lunar New Year holiday, Jan. 27 to Feb. 1.
“There can be no break in national security,” Tsai said.
The Matsu Islands, located in the Taiwan Strait and administered by Lienchiang County under the streamlined Fujian Province, are an outpost and a fortress that protects Taiwan proper and the offshore Penghu County, Tsai said. [FULL STORY]