MND minister stresses military readiness
Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng says the armed forces are ready to make adjustments to its personnel. This, after China announced new executive members of the organization that manages its military.
Chiu Kuo-cheng told lawmakers that it was clear from the new line-up of the Central Military Commission, that Beijing is making military preparations, as most of the new members are relatively younger and well-trained personnel with on-the-ground experience.
Chiu said that with the exception of Zhang You-xia, who is 72-years old, all the other new leaders are aged between 58 and 67 and have backgrounds in the Chinese army, navy or aerospace industry.
Chiu says the MND will certainly "make gradual adjustments in its own military, at its own pace."
Speaking to reporters prior to the hearing, Chiu stressed that he's not worried about the possibility of a war breaking out across the Taiwan Strait during his tenure as defence minister, but the military would still "make an overall adjustment, depending on the situation."