In preparation for the confrontation with China seen by observers, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen has announced the extension of compulsory military service from 4 months to one year.
Tsai said on Tuesday in a press conference that the current military service of four months is not enough to respond to a situation in continuous evolution at an accelerated pace.
There pace it will not fall from the sky!
He also added that he had decided to reinstate the period of military service for one year, starting in 2024, explaining that the change would apply to all men born after January 1, 2005.
And he went on to say: “No one wants war… But, my countrymen, the pace it will not fall from the sky”, deeming his decision to extend his military service “very difficult”.
However, she came back and indicated that she aims to ensure a democratic way of life for our generations futurehe has declared.
Huge Chinese maneuvers on the borders of Taiwan
Chinese military exercises
Taiwan’s announcement comes two days after Chinese military exercises near its border.
On the other hand, Beijing has claimed to have led the maneuvers in response to unspecified “provocations” and “collusions” between the United States and the autonomous island.
While Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed that the “reunification” of Taiwan cannot wait for generations to come.
Will China use force to annex Taiwan?
It is interesting to note that in case of conflict, Beijing overcomes in largely with one million soldiers the number of forces on the island of Taiwan, which amounts to 88 thousand, according to Pentagon estimates, and Beijing even exceeds them in military equipment.
That’s why Taiwan has stepped up training of reservists and increased purchases of fighters and anti-ship missiles to strengthen its defenses.
Taiwan seceded from China at the end of the Chinese Civil War in 1949.
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