Date: Jul 01, 2017
By: Staff writer, with CNA
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) yesterday pledged to adjust the defense budget, saying that the nation has the determination and ability to defend itself.
Taiwan “will not yield even one inch of land” when it comes to national defense, Tsai said.
The defense budget would be adjusted according to demand and government finances, Tsai said in a graduation speech at National Defense University, without saying what adjustments might be made.
She urged the public to show more support for national defense and the military, and said that her administration has pushed reforms over the past year to address the gap in defense capabilities between Taiwan and China.
The nation must stay vigilant, even though it is at peace, she said, adding that the best way to avoid war is to be fully prepared for it. [FULL STORY]