A member of the legislature's Foreign and Overseas Chinese Affairs committee yesterday suggested expanding the dispatching of military service recruits overseas. Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) said the program could be expanded from the nation's allies to non-allied nations to boost Taiwan's international profile and develop pragmatic relationships with nations friendly to Taiwan. She was speaking after Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Francisco Huang (黃瀧元) delivered a report on the alternative to standard compulsory military service, which has been in place since November 2001. Since then, the number of recruits on alternative service in state-funded technical missions and medical treatment groups has increased annually, Huang said. The program has also helped the government train talent in the diplomatic field, he added.
Tue, May 23, 2006 - Page 3 News List
Taiwan Quick Take: Lawmaker pushes expansion
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