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Taiwan's ex-defense chief calls for sweeping military reforms

Adm. Lee Hsi-min says island must prioritize cheaper, asymmetric weapons

Former Taiwan Adm. Lee Hsi-min speaks to Nikkei Asia in Taipei. (Photo by Annabelle Chih)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's former defense chief said the island's military needs urgent, sweeping reforms in the face of what he calls the "existential threat" posed by an increasingly aggressive China.

Lee Hsi-min, a retired admiral and former chief of general staff of Taiwan's armed forces, told Nikkei Asia in a recent interview that Taipei needs to prioritize asymmetric weapons to combat Beijing's much greater firepower.

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