Taiwan defense minister says island must defend itself

'If any friends or other groups can help us, then it's like I said before, we're happy to have it, but we cannot completely depend on it,' said Taiwan's defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.

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'If any friends or other groups can help us, then it's like I said before, we're happy to have it, but we cannot completely depend on it,' said Taiwan 's defence minister Chiu Kuo-cheng.

Taiwan 's defense minister said Thursday that Taiwan must be prepared to defend itself and could not entirely depend on other countries to help if China were to launch an attack against the island, even as Taiwan 's president said she had faith the U.S. would defend it. “The country must rely on itself, and if any friends or other groups can help us, then it's like I said before, we're happy to have it, but we cannot completely depend on it,' the minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, told reporters after being questioned in the legislature as part of a session on national defense. Tensions between Taiwan and China have risen to their highest level in decades, with China sending record-breaking numbers of fighter jets toward international airspace close to the island, stepping up a campaign of military harassment.

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