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.
 

 

 

 

 

最近台海情勢嚴峻,國防部長邱國正8日不諱言指北中南東都有敵情,若兩岸開戰,台灣處處是戰場,主動權在對岸,國軍必須時時做訓練。此外,不只監察院高度關切軍事訓練役的役期是否延長,立法院法制局最新報告指出,讓役男下部隊,對於戰力提升仍是緣木求魚,也認為若募兵制不能滿足兵額時,要嚴格思考徵兵、募兵問題,對此,邱國正表示兵役延長不是他說了就算,會審慎評估。

國防部長邱國正提到:「聲音都從民間出來的,我都在審慎評估,不會聞風起舞的。」

立法院續審海空戰力提升特別預算案,國民黨立委認為作業費將近9000萬不合理,打算大砍3000萬元,加上國造武器全數委由中科院研製,但造價70億元的飛彈廠房進度落後,引起立委關切中科院的執行力。

中科院長張忠誠表示:「在2年前就提前啟動超前部署,我們來做廠房的整建準備,而不是說急就章,到現在廠房沒有蓋出來,我們訂的時間點就是111年的6月是最後的時間點,因為準備順利接續112年的高峰期。」

中科院強調,今年已完成飛彈廠房85%進度,預計明年6月完工。針對兩岸局勢緊張,美國再次展現挺台力道,白宮國安顧問蘇利文表示,美國會確保中國不會武力犯台。

美國白宮國安顧問蘇利文說:「從威懾和外交的角度來看,美國將採取我們可以採取的一切行動,以確保(中國武力侵犯)台灣情景永遠不會發生。」

此外,美國參眾兩院在年度國防授權法案達成共識,目的強化台美軍事合作,建議美國國防部邀請台灣參加2022年環太平洋軍演,也要助台灣強化不對稱防衛能力。 

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