READY AND ABLE:
The Minister of National Defense said that the military could move from a peacetime situation to a wartime situation when the situation requires it.
By Chen Yu-fu and Liu Tzu-hsuan / Journalist, with an editor and CNA
The current military situation in the Taiwan Strait could worsen if not handled carefully, National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said yesterday, adding that the country’s armed forces are always prepared. and constantly hone their skills.
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) caucus whip William Tseng (曾銘宗) expressed concern over the delay of several arms sales, which could affect capabilities armed forces combat.
Chiu said worry “is what the enemy hopes for” because it allows him to move before Taiwan is ready, but the armed forces “won’t sit and wait” and will continue to train with the troops. existing weapons.
Photo: Tu Chien-jung, Taipei Times
The armed forces always prepare for war and keep improving, Chiu said, adding that it could easily switch from a state of peace to a state of war when the situation calls for it.
Chiu said his ministry had agreed to increase the monthly salary of compulsory conscripts from NT$6,510 to NT$15,000 “if everyone thinks it is acceptable”.
The army initially hoped that the monthly salary could be increased to NT$25,000 based on the minimum wage, which is to be raised to NT$26,400 per month and NT$176 per hour next year, Credere Media reported. in Chinese on Wednesday last week, but the Yuan executive had proposed raising the monthly salary of a conscript to NT$15,000 based on the minimum cost of living, which ranged from NT$14,000 to NT$19,000. NT dollars in different cities and counties.
The Minister of the General Directorate of Budget, Accounting and Statistics, Chu Tzer-ming (朱澤民), said on Thursday last week that raising the monthly salary of conscripts to NT$15,000 was acceptable.
Separately yesterday, at a meeting of the Judiciary Committee and Organic Laws and Statutes of the Legislative Assembly, Tseng asked about the impact on Taiwan of granting a third term to Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) as head of the Politburo Central Office of the Communist Party of China (CCP). Committee.
National Security Bureau (NSB) Deputy Director General Chen Chin-kuang (陳進廣) said that at the 20th CCP National Congress on Saturday, the party included a clause in its constitution saying it was “categorically against Taiwan independence.
Chen said the newly appointed vice president and several members of the Central Military Commission served in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command or during the Vietnam War.
When China’s economic growth begins to slow and its grip on society runs into trouble, the CCP may take steps to shift the public’s focus from domestic affairs to foreign affairs, he said.
Asked by Tseng whether the NSB thought a war would break out in the Taiwan Strait within three years, Chen replied, “Taiwan must be prepared for all possible situations.”
When asked for an answer on the possibility of war within a year, Chen said: “We do not rule out the possibility” that Beijing, in an effort to deflect some of its internal pressure, could using coercion as an approach, forcing Taiwan to reach a peace agreement on the basis of unification.
Additional reporting by Aaron Tu
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