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DPP pledges to develop Taiwan's own defense capabilities

DPP pledges to develop Taiwan's own defense capabilities

Taipei, May 26 (CNA) Taiwan will focus on developing its own defense capabilities if the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) returns to power, according to a blue paper on national defense published by a DPP think tank Tuesday. DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen (???), who will represent the party in the 2016 presidential election, said in the preface of the 12th blue paper that boosting Taiwan's national defense industry will be at the center of national defense if the DPP returns to power. The DPP usually publishes a blue paper on national defense every six months, but its New Frontier Foundation (????????) published four papers (9th to 12th) on Tuesday ahead of the presidential election in January 2016, which the DPP is favored to win. "Because of China's suppression, Taiwan's ability to procure arms from other countries will become even more difficult. If Taiwan cannot develop the weapons it needs, the military imbalance across the Taiwan Strait will grow even wider," Tsai said in the report. She said Tuesday when commenting on the report that the DPP would steadily increase defense spending based on Taiwan's economic growth rate to provide the military with the best human and material resources. "Only by having a robust military can there be long-term peace and stability," she said. The blue paper said the DPP will try to raise the national defense budget to 3 percent of GDP. DPP Secretary-General Joseph Wu (???) said Tsai will explain to the United States Taiwan's defense weakness and the substantive measures that need to be taken during a visit to the United States that begins on May 29. Wu said that as far as he knew, "a lot of U.S. friends feel more assured by the DPP." He said Taiwan must seek cooperation with other countries in making its own submarines, and that in terms of its air defenses, Taiwan is upgrading its F16A/B fighters, but they still lag behind new-generation fighters. More needs to be done, he said, and Taiwan also needs to step up its development of unmanned aerial vehicles. Chen Wen-cheng (???), a national defense specialist at the foundation, said the DPP was confident in its policy to develop an indigenous submarine and he welcomed allies to provide technology and key parts and components. The DPP said in the blue paper that if it returns to power, it will start the building of Taiwan's own submarine and set a target of launching the first submarine by 2025. Chen also said that the "fourth branch of the armed forces" will not be confined to cyber forces only. "It is necessary to upgrade information and electronic command warfare capabilities," Chen said. (By Lu Hsin-hui, Sophia Yeh and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-25 14:42 GMT+08:00