In rebuke to China, Taiwan calls for closer ties with U.S., allies reports: “A report released on Wednesday by Taiwan’s defense ministry calls for closer alliances with the United States, Japan and other countries in a rebuke to China’s military threat.

The annual National Defense Report of the Ministry of Defense outlines strategies for countering China, and Taiwan’s continued role as a ‘defender of peace’ in the region. It encourages the Indo-Pacific Strategy of defense — which involves the United States, Australia, Japan, Singapore South Korea and the Philippines — and notes the growth of the indigenous Taiwanese defense industry.

Taiwan, formally known as the Republic of China, is an island nation off the coast of China and is regarded by China as a breakaway province, eventually to return. Its 2019 defense budget of $11.1 billion is dwarfed by China’s budget of $167 billion, and China has increased its military activity in the Taiwan Strait, which separates the two countries…”

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