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Taiwan's plan for record-high defence budget shows resolve amid Chinese aggression

Soldiers preparing to load US-made Harpoon AGM-84 anti ship missiles on a fighter jet at Hualien Air Force base in Taiwan, on Aug 17, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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SINGAPORE - Taiwan's proposal for a record-high defence budget for next year sends a clear message that the island is not standing down amid increased aggression from Beijing, analysts say.

Taiwan plans to increase defence spending to NT$586.3 billion (S$27 billion), a 14 per cent jump year-on-year.

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