Taiwan military to form 5 new coastal defense brigades

Reorganization to be completed by end of 2023: Ministry of National Defense

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/24
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Taiwanese soldiers at the Han Kuang exercises  (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Ministry of National Defense said Thursday (Dec. 24) it would add five coastal defense brigades by 2023 but denied reports that the change amounts to an expansion of the Armed Forces.

Media reports had claimed the measure was the first expansion of Taiwan's military since 1997, but the ministry said the move to establish five more brigades, bringing the total to 12, would only involve basic cadres, not any new staff, CNA reported.    [FULL  STORY]

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