Russia's military action against Ukraine has attracted international attention and has also affected the situation in the Taiwan Strait. National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said that a special task force has been set up to monitor the situation in Ukraine and Russia. As for the rumors of "Today Ukraine, tomorrow Taiwan," Chiu believes that there is a difference between the two countries.
“This is the Republic of China Air Force Broadcasting. Attention to the PLA military aircraft located in Taiwan's southwest Air Defense Identification Zone at an altitude of 3,000 meters. You have entered our country's airspace and affected our flight safety. ”
Turn away immediately. The war between Ukraine and Russia has aroused great international concern but the Taiwan Strait is not calm either. The PLA continues to harass Taiwan, sending its fighter jets into our southwestern ADIZ that was intercepted by the Taiwanese Air Force. The escalating conflict between Ukraine and Russia has affected the situation in the Asia-Pacific region. The outside world is concerned about whether the CCP takes the opportunity to increase its military aggression against Taiwan. The Ministry of National Defense does not dare to be careless.
Chiu Kuo-cheng, National Defense Minister: “We are paying more attention to China and what our National Army is facing. We are paying close attention to the link of problems created between Russia and Ukraine.”
Chiu Tai-shan, Minister, Mainland Affairs Council: “We have done everything we need to prepare. In particular, we of course are paying close attention to the possible psychological and media warfare that China may be doing during this time.”
The National Army has raised its vigilance. In addition to maintaining combat training, it is also requiring the chief and deputy commanders of all bases to not leave their respective bases at the same time, to guard against any unexpected situations. Internet rumors of "Today Ukraine, tomorrow Taiwan" are being interpreted as "cognitive warfare" by China. National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said there are differences between Taiwan and Ukraine.
Chiu Kuo-cheng, National Defense Minister: “Ukraine and Taiwan are still a bit different. The geographical environment is not exactly comparable. But some aspects can be used as a reference to get good conclusions. Our own country is up to us to defend.”
Feng Shih-kuan, Minister, Veterans Affairs Council: “The people saying these things are ignorant.”
Scholars warned that China is using the conflict between Ukraine and Russia to criticize Taiwan's defense policies as useless and positioning the United States as an unreliable partner. All this propaganda warfare is being undertaken to try to weaken Taiwan's will to fight. Scholars and experts are calling on the Ministry of National Defense's political and war units to combine combat and intelligence units, to face the propaganda war with a more open and aggressive attitude, and publish correct information.