Sat, Feb 25, 2006 - Page 8 News List

Letters: We need a defense boost

By Raymond Dai

Recently, the Pentagon published its Quadrennial Defense Review, which indicated that the People's Republic of China (PRC) has drastically increased its military capability by raising defense expenditure, causing a military imbalance in the region.

At the same time, the PRC is making large-scale military investments, including high-tech asymmetric military capabilities focused on electronic and computer warfare, ballistic and cruise missiles, advanced anti-defense artillery systems, next-generation torpedoes, state-of-the-art submarines, launching strategic nuclear weapons from the ground and sea and developing unmanned aerial vehicles for military purposes, among others. These things concern the US and they are also worthy of Taiwan's attention.

In the face of China's military threat, we should beef up our defense capability to maintain national security. Last week, lawmakers returned from their winter recess to register for the new session. We can only hope that the long-stalled arms purchases will be settled as soon as possible. Only by boosting our military strength can we deter Communist China from invading our nation.

Raymond Dai

Taichung

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