By: Sophia Yeh and Romulo Huang
Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Taiwan does not need to engage in an arms race with
China, but it must have a defensive deterrence capacity, President-elect Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday.
Tsai, who will take office on May 20, made the remarks after hearing reports presented by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) at a briefing on confidential matters.
Tsai said that the government, society and armed forces constitute the three principal pillars of a nation’s defense, and that a good national defense can only be achieved when these three principal factors are consolidated simultaneously.
The incoming president said that after assuming power, she will elaborate on strategies for national defense and security in a more rigorous manner, allowing the armed forces to have a clear direction for their future development. [FULL STORY]