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Taiwan Says It Will Beef Up Defense to Respond to China

Johnson Lai Tuesday, March 6, 2018

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan will look to its domestic arms industry as well as foreign suppliers to respond to China's continuing military buildup, but has no interest in engaging in an arms race with its cross-strait rival, the defense ministry said Tuesday.

The remarks from spokesman Chen Chung-ji came a day after China announced an 8.1 percent rise in its military budget for this year to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion), the world's second largest after the United States. ...

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