Taiwan to promote local defense industry and procure U.S. weapons: MND

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2018/01/11
By: Lu Hsin-hui and Ko Lin

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) Taiwan is determined to promote the development of its

Chen Chung-ji (陳中吉, CNA file photo)

indigenous defense industry while at the same time maintaining stable relations with and making major weapons acquisitions from the United States, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Thursday.

Last year, President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) reiterated her pledge to boost Taiwan’s defense budget by at least 2 percent per year in an effort to build a strong defense force, MND spokesman Chen Chung-ji (陳中吉) said during a press event.

Furthermore, the foreign ministry will also work to maintain positive and stable relations with the U.S. in order to acquire defense equipment and services, Chen said.

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