Thursday, October 23, 2014   

Taiwan military trims the ranks by 20pc
(01-21 14:23)

Taiwan has said its armed forces would be cut by up to 20 percent from 215,000 over the next five years, in the latest sign of warming ties with former rival China.
Defense Minister Yen Ming said the military would be reduced to 170,000-190,000, but that defense capabilities would not be compromised in the project to build “smaller but leaner and more professional armed forces.’’
“The planned manpower adjustment will be carried out in stages contingent upon the government's budgets, the acquisition of new weapons and demographic changes,'' he told reporters.
Yen said the cuts would come from across the army, navy and air force but did not give a breakdown.—AFP

   
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