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National Security Report to surface after elections


Taiwan's first National Security Report, which analyzes problems affecting the national security, including military and non-military factors, will be released after the Dec. 3 local government elections, Mainland Affairs Council Chairman Joseph Wu (吳釗燮) said yesterday.

Although US President George W. Bush did not raise cross-strait tensions when he met Chinese President Hu Jintao (胡錦濤) in Beijing, Wu said that the US has been closely watching China's growing military power.

A Pentagon report on Chinese military power released in July clearly pointed out the military imbalance in the Taiwan Strait, he said.

"Focusing on similar issues, Taiwan's first National Security Report will be released after local government elections on Dec. 3. President Chen [Shui-bian, 陳水扁] will announce the release of the report in the middle of December," he said.

In addition to the military threat, Wu said that China poses other hazards to Taiwan.

He said that Taiwan had to pursue a comprehensive defense posture in order to deal with the full spectrum of military and non-military threats that Beijing represents.

"The cross-strait situation has become more delicate. Taiwan has to pay more attention to non-military factors affecting national security, such as in the fields of economic development and environmental protection," Wu said.

The report is expected to cover five main themes: finance and the economy, national defense, cross-strait affairs, diplomatic matters and land conservation.

The report will include an analysis of the relationship between Taiwan's economic environment and China's growing markets.

It will likely highlight China's rapid industrialization and population growth, which have caused water and atmospheric pollution in other parts of East Asia.

Opposition parties say that the report is being produced by the Chen administration to justify its arms-procurement bills.

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