Radio Taiwan International
President Tsai Ing-wen has pledged to continue to increase investment in defense.
Tsai was speaking on Thursday while awarding medals to outstanding service personnel ahead of Armed Forces Day on Sunday.
Tsai said the nation’s armed forces have remained vigilant towards outside threats even during peacetime. She said only when the armed forces are prepared can a country enjoy peace and continue to advance its development.
Tsai said, “We will continue to increase investment in military defense. This month, the Cabinet has passed the central government’s budget for next year. The budget for military defense next year is higher than for this year. This goes to show the government’s support for national defense and strengthening military power.”
President Tsai said most civilians do not realize the sacrifices and contribution that military personnel make. However she said it is because of their readiness that members of the public are able to live their lives free from worry. [FULL STORY]