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Jiang urges government units to stay alert

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Premier Jiang Yi-huah (江宜樺) said yesterday that given the fact that mainland China has never renounced the use of force against Taiwan, all government units should stay alert to escalating tensions in the region after Beijing's recent Air Defense Identification Zone actions.

The premier added that even though the cross-strait situation has become better over the past few years, government departments should always be prepared.

The Executive Yuan held a cross-department mobilization and deployment briefing yesterday, in which the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and Ministry of National Defense (MND) all participated.

Jiang said government departments should prepare themselves for any kind of circumstances, and always be prepared for any crisis. The premier went on to say that he hopes regional tension will not escalate any further, however, the government has to have preparation for worst-case scenarios.

The government has to offer a safe environment for people to live in, Jiang said.

Principals to Prevent Natural Disasters

The premier said after Typhoon Morakot swept across the island and had a devastating impact on Taiwan in 2009, the government established principals to prevent severe impacts from natural disasters. Jiang explained that the most important thing is to make sure people to stay away from potential risk areas when the Pacific typhoon season occurs.

All government units should assist local governments in establishing effective flood controls in the event of torrential rains and typhoons, and mobilize efficiently when a natural disaster hits the nation, Jiang said. Different departments must work together to protect people and reduce the potential damages caused by disasters, he added.

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