President Tsai Ing-wen has paid a visit to several military units, offering encouragement ahead of the traditional Dragon Boat Festival. In addition to calling for vigilance against moves by Beijing, Tsai also recognized the troops’ sacrifices and thanked them for their service.
President Tsai traveled to Taichung on Monday to present three army units with bonuses for service over the upcoming Dragon Boat Festival holiday.
In her remarks, the president said that a soldier’s duty is to be vigilant at all times and to protect the nation. She said that recently Beijing has made frequent military maneuvers. She said these not only threaten national security but are also unilateral moves that impact regional peace and stability. She called for vigilance and diligence, and said that as long as the military remains at peak capability, Taiwan’s security is guaranteed.
Tsai also highlighted recent improvements in conditions for service personnel. She said that the government has improved the military pension system and allowed soldiers to extend their period of service. She also said it has improved the environment on bases, working conditions, and the equipment issued to soldiers.
Tsai said she understands that many soldiers sacrifice time with their families in order to fulfill their duties. She said that some families even have multiple members serving in the armed forces. In light of these sacrifices, Tsai promised that the nation will care for its military personnel.