Tensions Remain In Taiwan Strait 台海緊張 邱國正:若開戰台灣處處是戰場

The situation in the Taiwan Strait is tense. National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said if the two sides go to war, there will be a battlefield everywhere in Taiwan. Taiwan's national army must train consistently.

The situation in the Taiwan Strait has been tense recently. National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said on the 8th that if there is a war between the two countries, there will be battlefields everywhere in Taiwan. The war initiative resides with the other side and Taiwan's national army must train constantly from time to time. The Control Yuan is not the only one concerned about extending the duration of military training. The latest report from the Legislative Yuan's Organic Laws and Statute Bureau pointed out that having conscription soldiers in the army does not improve combat power. The report also believes that if the recruitment system for professional soldiers cannot meet sufficient numbers, the system must be strictly reconsidered. Chiu said he alone cannot extend the military service of conscription soldiers, but it will be carefully evaluated.

Chiu Kuo-cheng, National Defense Minister: “The feedback is coming from the public. I'm evaluating it carefully.”

The Legislative Yuan renewed the special budget to enhance naval and air combat power but KMT legislators believed that the operating expenses of nearly NT$90 million were unreasonable and plan to cut NT$30 million in budget. Domestically produced weapons are all developed by the National Chung-shan Institute of Science & Technology. However, they are behind schedule on the construction of a NT$7 billion missile factory, concerning legislators about its execution abilities.

Art Chang, President, NCSIST: “The advanced deployment was launched 2 years ago. We are preparing for the plant's rebuilding so the talk of urgency is unnecessary. So far, the factory building has not been built. Our timeline is June 2022 so we can continue peak production in 2023.”

NCSIST emphasized that 85 percent of the missile plant has been completed this year and the entire facility is expected to be completed in June next year. The United States once again demonstrated its support of Taiwan in response to the tensions in the strait. US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the United States will ensure that China will not invade Taiwan by force.

Jake Sullivan, US National Security Advisor: “The United States is going to take every action we can take, from the point of view of both deterrence and diplomacy, to make sure the Taiwan scenario you just described never happens. ”

In addition, the US Senate and the House of Representatives reached a consensus in the annual National Defense Authorization Act, which aims to strengthen Taiwan-US military cooperation. It recommended that the US Department of Defense invite Taiwan to participate in the 2022 Rim of the Pacific Exercise and also help Taiwan strengthen its asymmetric defense capabilities.