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President Tsai attends inauguration of F-16 maintenance center (excerpt: cross-strait relations)

  • Date:2020-08-28

As I have said before, to defend the sovereignty of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and maintain regional peace and stability, we cannot bow to pressure and must have strong national defense capabilities. This new maintenance center will significantly reduce maintenance time and increase fighter jet availability, ensuring air superiority on the front line of national defense.

Over the past four years, we have faced many challenges while promoting our national defense industries and self-defense capabilities. But to ensure national security, we have persevered and kept moving forward. 

The launch and implementation of our indigenous submarine program, acceleration of the F-16 reconfiguration project, the inaugural flight of our first Brave Eagle advanced jet trainer, and the inauguration of this F-16 maintenance center all prove that we are on the right track.

Promoting our national defense industries is the cornerstone of Taiwan's national defense and upgrades our military capabilities. Promoting national defense industries also shows Taiwan's resolve, so the whole world can see our determination to defend our national territory.

As I have often said, "Peace depends on national defense." But that's not all. What we need now is to use national defense efforts to spur industrial development. Overall industrial development requires setting up industry chains and successful technology transfers, which will also develop more technical personnel. And these things will all help Taiwan prosper.