President Tsai Ing-wen has called on members of the armed forces to stay on guard over the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.
During a visit to an army command center Tuesday, Tsai said that peace is not something that can be taken for granted. She said the basis of peace is a strong military. Tsai said that soldiers do not have a rest period over the Lunar New Year, which begins Friday. She called on soldiers to be on alert for Chinese maneuvers and to protect national security.
During her remarks, Tsai also spoke about the government’s defense policy. She said that over the past year, the government has seen building up military self-sufficiency, strengthening the armed forces, and defending national security as among its most important duties.
Tsai also said that the government’s commitment to the military will not change. She said that the defense budget will be raised year by year within reasonable bounds. She also said the government will work to give the military the best equipment and soldiers with the best working conditions.
Tsai said that Taiwan loves peace and will not provoke a war, but it is not afraid of war. She said that military will maintain its strength in order to defend peace across the Taiwan Strait.