By: Sophia Yang, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
Two military experts recently wrote in the Diplomat, a current-affairs magazine for
the Asia-Pacific region, to express worries about Taiwan’s national security after its armed forces reduction of 7,000 marine troops under the Ma Ying-jeou administration. Experts said the cut has made Taiwan even more vulnerable to military threats and conflicts.
Military experts Grant Newsham and Kerry Gershaneck said in an article published Thursday in the Diplomat that while its neighboring countries are boosting their defense budget and amphibious capabilities, Taiwan was doing otherwise, which Newsham and Gershaneck described as “slow self-destruction,” undermining “both deterrence and the confidence of its friends.”
As President Ma was promoting the “achievements” in office on cross-strait peace and a historic talk between leaders from both sides inside and outside the country , several military experts are seeing the risks underneath the pseudo achievements, so to speak, the island’s exposure to the risk either from China or terrorists. [FULL STORY]