Taiwan President Vows to Support Military Amid Chinese Threats
Taiwan President Vows to Support Military Amid Chinese Threats

Taiwan President Lai Ching-te has committed to standing with the military to protect the nation, despite ongoing Chinese military exercises. This statement came during his visit to a Marine base, shortly after China began its two-day drills around Taiwan.

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"My duty is to safeguard our country and ensure the safety of all citizens," Lai declared at the Marine Corps' 66th brigade in Taoyuan, marking his first visit as the nation's commander-in-chief.

Facing "external challenges and threats," Lai emphasized the importance of defending freedom and democracy, and maintaining regional peace and stability. He promised to "stand alongside" military personnel to ensure national security.

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Lai assured civilians of the military's readiness and commitment to national security, expressing confidence in their capabilities. He also reiterated his plans to continue defense reforms, enhance military strength, and improve care for military personnel.

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Lai did not directly address the Chinese People's Liberation Army's (PLA) unannounced military drills that began Thursday morning.

The PLA's exercises took place in the Taiwan Strait and around Kinmen, Matsu, Wuqiu, and Dongyin islands, all close to China's southeast coast but controlled by Taiwan.

Naval Senior Captain Li Xi, spokesperson for the PLA Eastern Theater Command, stated that the exercises were a "strong punishment" for Taiwan independence efforts and a warning against external interference. Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reported that the drills included mock strikes by fighter jets, destroyers, frigates, and missile speedboats.

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