Taiwan’s larger 2021 defense budget is due to defense needs: official
Radio Taiwan International
Date: 05 October, 2020
By: Andrew Ryan
F-16s fly over Taipei in preparation for National Day, in this file photo from Sept. 24. (CNA photo courtesy of Military News Agency)
Taiwanese lawmakers on Monday questioned a Tsai administration official about whether the results of the upcoming US election will have an impact on Taiwan’s defense budget. That’s in light of Taiwan’s larger-than-usual defense budget for fiscal 2021, which was created during US President Donald Trump’s term in office.
The United States factors prominently in Taiwan’s defense considerations because the US is required by law to provide Taiwan with the weapons it needs to defend itself.
The minister of Taiwan’s budgeting and statistics agency, Chu Tzer-ming, responded to questions at the legislature on Monday, explaining the reason for this year’s larger budget.