Taiwan to Spend US$9b in Arms Due to Alleged Severe Threat from China

Taiwan’s cabinet approved spending an additional $9 billion on arms and missiles to strengthen its defense against allegedly severe threats from China.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has been prioritizing defense spending as China ramps up pressures on Taiwan by sending fighter jets and warships on exercises in the latter’s defense zones.

“The Chinese Communists have continued to invest heavily in national defense budgets, its military strength has grown rapidly, and it has frequently dispatched aircraft and ships to invade and harass our seas and airspace,” Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said.

Taiwan will procure long-range missiles which military observers said would allow the island to defend itself from China’s quantitatively advantaged forces.

Analysts pointed out that Taiwan will need proper missiles given that the Taiwanese fleet is outnumbered by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army.

Taiwan Premier Su Tseng-chang added that the spending will also promote economic development as new arms will be made domestically, boosting local defense production.

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