Sun, Aug 06, 2006 - Page 3 News List

Experts weigh Australia's role in regional security

CROSS-STRAIT SCENARIO Canberra was unlikely to remain idle if a cross-strait conflict occurred, experts said at a forum on the effects of China's `Anti-Secession' Law

By Chang Yun-ping  /  STAFF REPORTER

In response, Abe Lin (林勤經), director of Department of Strategic Planning at the Ministry of National Defense, said that the government had significantly reduced personnel expenditures in next year's budget in order to boost purchases and investment spending in the defense budget.

"While we are still downsizing our defense forces, the increased 2007 defense expenditures will not be put toward personnel but rather on investment [to upgrade military technology]. This explains [how] we are capable of investing in new armaments and [making] new purchases," Lin said.

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