Li Guangzhang, director of the New York office, wrote to the Wall Street Journal, emphasizing that Taiwan is determined to defend democracy and has a firm will to defend itself.

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[Central News Agency] When the situation in the Taiwan Strait is tense, Li Guangzhang, the head of the New York office, wrote a letter to the Wall Street Journal, emphasizing that Taiwan is determined to defend democracy and has a firm will to defend itself.

In the face of China's approach, Taiwan's ultimate goal is to deter and avoid war, not to defeat the other party.

Beijing has ramped up military pressure on Taiwan after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August.

American diplomat Walter Russell Mead wrote in a Wall Street Journal column last week that a war in the Taiwan Strait would be a humanitarian disaster, and cross-strait reunification under Beijing’s terms would be a strategic disaster that would endanger the security of the United States and its allies.

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Edward Luttwak, an American strategic expert, subsequently wrote a book in response, pointing out that Taiwan's senior military officers did not allow conscripts to receive combat training, and young people lost interest in serving in the military. As a result, Taiwan was insufficiently prepared for actual combat and relied on other countries for assistance in the event of a war in the Taiwan Strait.

Li Guangzhang agreed with Meade's point of view in the submission published today, and refuted Ruak's statement as "false and misleading".

Li Guangzhang wrote that Taiwan is determined to defend itself against the threat of China, and the people know that the price of freedom is to remain vigilant and committed to maintaining Taiwan's democratic way of life.

Opinion polls show that a majority of Taiwanese are willing to stand up to Chinese aggression.

Taiwan has increased its defense budget in recent years, and the ratio of military spending to gross domestic product (GDP) is higher than that of most members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

According to the Ministry of National Defense, Taiwan's defense budget will account for 2.4% of GDP next year.

NATO has a total of 30 member states, and eight of them reached the target of 2% of their GDP in military spending last year.

However, the size of the Chinese People's Liberation Army is several times that of the Republic of China National Army.

Li Guangzhang said that Taiwan has formulated an asymmetric defense strategy for this purpose, promoted the reform of reserve forces and civil defense, and increased defense expenditures to strengthen mobile, long-range and precision strike capabilities.

Li Guangzhang said that Taiwan sincerely appreciates the support shown by the United States in maintaining its security commitments to Taiwan in accordance with the Taiwan Relations Act and the Six Guarantees.

The article concluded: "No one wants war, and our ultimate goal is to deter war, not to defeat each other. Having said that, our will to defend ourselves is undeniable."