Presidential Office Spokesperson Sydney Lin said Friday that Beijing should cherish cross-strait peace and stability.
Lin’s words came after the United States Department of Defense released an evaluation report on the Chinese military. The report claims that the People’s Liberation Army is preparing for “possible scenarios” in the Taiwan Strait.
Lin said Friday that the defense ministry has been closely monitoring the PLA’s recent moves, and that it has put in place a number of measures to ensure the nation’s safety. Lin called on Beijing to help maintain regional and cross-strait peace and stability.
The defense ministry also said Friday that increasing the defense budget for the upcoming fiscal year shows its resolution to strengthen its defensive force. The ministry said that it would continue to enhance the military’s combat capability, especially in asymmetrical warfare.