Defense ministry denies report of military downsizing

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday denied a media report that the government is planning to streamline the military by cutting 30,000 troops.

The ministry said the size of Taiwan's military is decided based on regional factors, enemy threats and military strategic planning and that the government plans to maintain the current number of troops.

The MND was responding to a report published Monday in the Apple Daily, which said the ministry will put forward a military downsizing proposal later this month, the first of its kind since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office on May 20.

It said the plan is expected to be implemented over a four-year period, starting in 2018, with the goal of cutting the number of troops from 215,000 at present to 190,000. The Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday denied a media report that the government is planning to streamline the military by cutting 30,000 troops.

The ministry said the size of Taiwan's military is decided based on regional factors, enemy threats and military strategic planning and that the government plans to maintain the current number of troops.

The MND was responding to a report published Monday in the Apple Daily, which said the ministry will put forward a military downsizing proposal later this month, the first of its kind since President Tsai Ing-wen (???) took office on May 20.

It said the plan is expected to be implemented over a four-year period, starting in 2018, with the goal of cutting the number of troops from 215,000 at present to 190,000.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel