PRC media outlets recently reported that Taiwanese men intentionally eating their way into obesity to dodge military service, National Defense Vice Minister Wang Shin-lung said this was "cognitive warfare" by China.
According to a Ministry of National Defense report, China will seek to invade Taiwan in 2025 by possibly turning a military exercise into an all-out attack and firing missiles at Taiwan's air defense bases, radar stations, and command centers.
Wang Shin-lung, National Defense Vice Minister: “Some possible early actions (by China) include deploying all their troops first and then taking tactical action. We have training plans in place for all of these scenarios.”
Military exercises turning into full-scale attacks have been part of the Han Kuang military exercise for years. However, this is the first time this scenario has been included in a written report. Taiwan's military recruitment issues have been widely covered by PRC media outlets in recent weeks. Asked about stories on young Taiwanese men intentionally eating their way into obesity to escape military service, National Defense Vice Minister Wang Shin-lung said this was "cognitive warfare" by China.
Wang Shin-lung, National Defense Vice Minister: “I think this is a cognitive warfare attack on us. It's slander against our young people. I think everyone knows very well that this is just one of the tactics they like to use.”
Liao Wan-ju, Legislator (KMT) : “People nowadays lack awareness of what war is like. The Taiwan Strait Crisis was too long ago. I'm more worked about this.”
Wang Shin-lung, National Defense Vice Minister: “Yes, yes. You're right to be worried. We are currently working on a national defense handbook for the public to tell everyone what to do in wartime.”
Both the Ministry of National Defense and lawmakers say the public lacks awareness of how critical the situation is and that does not bode well for national defense.