Taiwan needs high-tech R&D to boost national defense: academic

Want China Times
Date: 2015-04-12
By: CNA and Staff Reporter

The best investment Taiwan could make in national defense would be in the research and

Lee Chia-tung gives an address in Taipei, April 11. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)

Lee Chia-tung gives an address in Taipei, April 11. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)

development of advanced technology, an educator said Saturday in Taipei.

Lee Chia-tung, an emeritus chair professor at National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, said Taiwan spends a lot of money buying weapons from other countries but has not done enough to encourage private sector development of advanced technology.

The education of officers in the armed forces is also not up to par, Lee said in a speech that focused on the idea that everything in Taiwan would have to start from basics over the next century.

Commenting on a recent flap over a security breach in which an Army pilot gave a local TV personality and other civilians access to Taiwan’s most advanced attack helicopter, the US-made AH-64E Apache, Lee said “it’s no big deal.” One can find countless Apache photos in any Google search, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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