Taiwan to increase budget for major arms purchases: president

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President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right)

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文, right)

Taipei, Dec. 7 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said Thursday that Taiwan will increase its defense budget in order to afford major weapons purchases.

While receiving a delegation from the U.S. National Committee on American Foreign Policy, Tsai expressed gratitude for a decision by the administration of President Donald Trump in June to approve the sale of about US$1.42 billion in arms sales to Taiwan.

The move shows the U.S. government's support for the Taiwan Relations Act, which governs U.S.-Taiwan ties, she said.

In an effort to further strengthen Taiwan's security, the president said that Taiwan will increase its defense budget to fund major weapon acquisitions from the U.S.

According to Tsai, Taiwan has been continuously reforming its military and strengthening its national defenses.

Last week, the Air Force retired its S-2T anti-submarine aircraft and updated to the Lockheed P-3C aircraft, she noted.

Tsai said she believes that everyone can see Taiwan's efforts to be not only a reliable partner but also a responsible member of the international community.

To that end, she told the delegation that she looks forward to discussions about furthering and deepening U.S.-Taiwan relations.

(By Yeh Su-ping and Kuan-lin Liu)
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