Gov't won't delay buying advanced US arms: Ma
The China Post news staffPresident Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday the government will not delay the procurement of advanced U.S. weaponry to help maintain national stability and effective defense capability.
May 17, 2011, 11:52 pm TWN
Speaking at a ceremony promoting two senior military commanders holding the rank of lieutenant generals to full generals, Ma said the troops form the foundation for national stability and development as well as the crucial pillars for national survival and economic development.
The government will make proper budget arrangement for the purchases of more sophisticated military hardware like F-16 C/D fighter jets and diesel-electric submarines to replace the increasingly aging weapon systems without delay, he said.
The president said he had adopted pragmatic policies to improve the relations with the Chinese mainland after assuming office in May 2008.
A total of 15 major agreements were signed with Beijing to promote bilateral relations, enhance economic and cultural interchanges, lift Taiwan's presence and participation in the world community, and improve regional stability.
However, the nation should never let down its guard and preparation against possible risks and threats since China still have missiles targeted at the island, he said.
Furthermore, he said military commanders should also keep alert on the threats from natural disasters like massive floods and earthquakes.
The two promoted generals were Army General Lee Hsiang-jou, deputy chief of the general staff, and Admiral Tung Hsiang-lung, new commander in chief of the ROC Navy.