Tsai: Ensuring strong national defense ‘our responsibility’

Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) said Monday the government will do everything in its power to defend Taiwan, adding that ensuring Taiwan has strong national defense and self-defense capabilities "is our responsibility."

Tsai was responding to a domestic newspaper report at a meeting with media representatives during a trip to the eastern county of Taitung.

According to a China Times report published earlier that day, that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) did not deny, the military's newly revised national defense plan indicates that in the event of conflict with China, the United States will not send troops to Taiwan.

Instead, Taiwan will ask the U.S. to provide intelligence so it has a better grasp of the movements of enemy forces, according to the report.

Commenting on the report, Tsai said enhancing Taiwan's national defense and self-defense capabilities "is our responsibility."

The president added that maintaining regional peace and stability is also the government's responsibility and it will do its utmost to defend Taiwan and effectively deter Chinese military ambitions.

However, it is too early to say what countermeasures relevant government agencies will take in the event of a hypothetical enemy action, Tsai added.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said in a statement issued Monday that the Republic of China (Taiwan) has played an important role in maintaining peace, stability and security in the Asia Pacific region and a robust national defense provides strong support for peace in the Taiwan Strait and national security.

In the face of external threats and challenges, Taiwan will stick to its military strategy of securing territory with resolute defense and utilizing multi-domain deterrence with joint capabilities, according to the statement.

Other strategic guidelines include rejecting arms race thinking, integrating existing national defense resources to invest in the build-up of prioritized military assets and continuing to strengthen key national defense and combat capabilities to deter enemy forces from taking unwelcome action, the MND said.

Noting that "you've got to help yourself before you're ready to get help," the MND said it is duty-bound to defend the nation, while reiterating the military's firm resolution and strong self-defense capabilities.

The ministry said it believes countries that share core values such as democracy, freedom and human rights with Taiwan remain its allies and should work together to promote regional stability.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel