Taiwan to continue boosting defense capabilities: Tsai

Radio Taiwan International
Date: 15 July, 2019
By: Paula Chao

President Tsai Ing-wen (middle)

President Tsai Ing-wen says Taiwan will continue strengthening its defense capabilities. She was speaking Sunday during a visit to Saint Kitts and Nevis, the second leg of her overseas trip.

Her comments came just days after the US Congress approved an arms package for Taiwan worth US$2.2 billion. They also follow a recent announcement from China that it will conduct military exercises along its southeastern coast. Some say the announcement from China is a warning to Taiwan and the United States.

Tsai said China schedules war games whenever she goes on an overseas trip. But she said that’s become a routine. She also explained why it’s important for Taiwan to boost its defense capabilities.

“Maintaining regional peace and stability is the joint responsibility of all parties [involved]. We hope that China, as a big country, can take its responsibility of maintaining regional peace and stability seriously. The [announcement] also reminds us of the importance of our military empowerment and self-sufficiency. We should continue working every day to strengthen our ability to defend ourselves," said Tsai.     [FULL  STORY]

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