Legislators Review National Defense Budget 審國防預算 藍委要求凍結30億潛艦預算

Some legislators requested to freeze NT$3 billion in budget for the new generation of domestically made missile and submarines over concerns for the equipment and technology. In the end, legislators were concerned about the navy's confidentiality and decided to keep the case, and then proceeded to review it in a secret meeting. 


The most eye-catching item in the Legislative Yuan's Foreign and National Defense Committee's national defense budget review for next year is the submarine budget of NT$9.5 billion. KMT legislator Ma Wen-chun questioned whether export authorizations for certain parts have been secured from manufacturing countries and asked to freeze NT$3 billion of the budget. However, DPP legislators believe that it is not easy for the country to build the first submarine and break through China's international suppression and obstruction. Public explanation of details will invite further difficulties by China.

Ma Wen-chun, Legislator (KMT): “The first submarine may not be good enough. But if you can still remedy it, you should do it. What we are asking is that you have completed it well. You shouldn't be lying here.”

Tsai Shih-ying, Legislator (DPP): “Temporarily reserved until the second stage. We will open a secret meeting to discuss this content. I think it might be possible to use this procedure to let everyone know more details.”

Both parties have their own positions. Finally, the committee decided to keep the whole case until the second round of party consultations and held a secret meeting to answer questions. Another important project is the four-thousand-ton domestically produced new-generation missile frigate. The build has been delayed because the radar system developed by the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science & Technology has proven ineffective. KMT and DPP legislators agreed and asked the Navy to clarify how it will continue.

Chiang Cheng-kuo, Chief of Naval Command: “We are indeed making relevant considerations based on China's fixed reconnaissance cruisers and their tonnage. But I'm reporting to the committee that as of right now, we are indeed still undecided.”

Wang Ting-yu, Legislator (DPP): “If the project's other budget besides business expenses are frozen, then we see when it will be released. If it's not released for the whole year, then the budget for next year will be interesting.”

In the end, the committee decided to freeze the budget of more than NT$5 million and wait for the Navy's report before deciding whether to unfreeze it. Bloomberg News reported that the number of Chinese military aircraft disrupting Taiwan this year is more than twice that of 2020, and there may be more next year. Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said that the only thing the Taiwanese military has to do is to fully prepare. U.S. President Biden formally signed the National Defense Authorization Act, including Congress' recommendation that Taiwan be invited to participate in the Rim of the Pacific Exercise next year. Chiu said we are positive about developments that are helpful to us but we also have to consider our capabilities and not just accept everything that comes our way. 

 

 

立法院國防委員會審查明年度國防預算,以潛艦國造預算95億4624萬5000元最受矚目。國民黨立委馬文君質疑,各項裝備是否確實取得輸出國許可,並要求凍結其中30億;但執政黨立委認為,國造第一艘潛艦要突破中國打壓阻撓並不容易,公開說明細節會引來困擾。

國民黨立委馬文君質疑:「第一艘也許不夠好,可是你在還能夠補救的時候,你就應該要補救,我們要求的是你必須把它做好,你不要在這裡說謊。」

民進黨立委蔡適應則表示:「暫時保留到第二階段處理,就清場開秘密會議討論這個內容,我覺得也許可以用這樣的方式,讓大家了解得更加的詳細啦。」

藍綠各有立場,最後委員會決定全案保留到第二輪協商,並召開秘密會議詢答。另一重要建案為4000噸級國造新一代飛彈巡防艦,因中科院研發雷達等設備效果不如預期而延宕,藍綠意見一致,要求海軍說清楚下一步要怎麼走。

海軍參謀長蔣正國說明:「我們所面臨一些對岸它固定偵巡艦,它的噸位數我們確實有在做相關的考量,然後來做整個兵力的規劃,但是因為要跟委員報告的是,我們現在確實也是還沒定案。」

民進黨立委王定宇則表示:「它的業務費以外的部分凍結,我們看它什麼時候解凍,如果整年都沒有解凍,那明年的預算就有意思了。」

最後委員會決定凍結預算500多萬元,等海軍提出書面報告後再決定是否解凍。

另外《彭博社》新聞報導,今年中國軍機擾台數量超過2020年的2倍,明年可能還會更多,國防部長邱國正表示,國軍唯一要做的就是全力整備。另外美國總統拜登正式簽署國防授權法,包括國會建議美國防部邀請我國參加明年環太平洋軍演。邱國正表示對我國有幫助均樂見其成,「但我們也要量力而為,不是完全照單全收。」 
 

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