Taiwan will boost its 2021 defense budget by 10 percent


Taiwan's defense budget in 2021 should increase by 10.2 percent compared with the 2020 one. Needless to say that it is a reaction to China's repeated firm declarations concerning its claimed sovereignty on the island, accompanied by firm warnings to the U.S.A. not to « play with fire » in the Taiwan Strait, that leads to this decision.
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Taiwanese marines storm a beach during the annual Han Kuang training exercise (Picture source: REDDIT )


The Taiwanese Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, said in a statement taht President Tsai Ing-wen's cabinet proposed T$453.4 billion ($15.42 billion) in military spending for the year starting in January 2021, versus T$411.3 billion budgeted for 2020.

The modernization of Taiwan’s armed forces is considered as a hostile stance by mainland China, a situation « worsened » by the fact that Washington is bound by law to provide Taiwan with the means to defend itself. Indeed, Taiwan is in discussions with the United States to purchase sea mines to deter amphibious landings as well as cruise missiles for coastal defense. Hence China’ts strong demonstrations on sea and in the air, as well as amphibious exercises. China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control.


 

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