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Taiwan to Boost Defense Spending to Deter China’s Military Threat

By Christian Shepherd and Alicia Chen

25 Aug 2022 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Amid rising tensions with China's government, Taiwan announced a record jump in defense spending. The Washington Post reports on the militarization of the region.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan announced Thursday a record jump in defense spending for next year as the self-governing democracy eyes new fighter jets and anti-ship missiles to deter a Chinese military invasion.

The Executive Yuan, Taiwan’s cabinet, proposed a record 13.9 percent increase in defense spending. When including a special fund for military hardware purchases, the total will be about $19.4 billion, or 2.4 percent of projected gross domestic product. The announcement did not include details of specific expected purchases.

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