Wed, Nov 09, 2005 - Page 8 News List

Letter: Build up nation's defenses

By Yen Lung-chu

Today in Taiwan, people tend to live a comfortable and peaceful life. And things remaining this way is in everyone's interest. On the other hand, China has clearly expressed its opinion on Taiwan's military procurement with the US. China is absolutely against any military interaction or cooperation between the US and Taiwan, including the stalled budget for procuring arms.

Every country has a huge budget to strengthen military power. The motive is to defend themselves and to provide a peaceful environment for the people and the nation. The US disregards China's protests against Taiwan's arms procurements to protect its national interest. Yet the real issue is the battle between politicians inside Taiwan and the intentional delays in the passage of the arms-procurement budget.

If peace is so easy to achieve, who would spend money on it? Arms procurements are necessary and vital. If we break our agreement on the budget with the US, we would lose an ally. If the US stops providing weaponry to us, it will have an undeniably strong impact on our national defense.

Yen Lung-chiu


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