Taiwan's National Defense Ministry said that China would not fare well if they choose to attack Taiwan, while the National Security Bureau analyzed that China is trying testing the bottom line of U.S. and other western countries.The bureau further added that China has continuously threatened Taiwan in a combination of ways amid the war in Ukraine to wear off Taiwan's national defense resources.
Reporter: “Should Taiwan follow what Ukraine is doing? Hand out guns to the public, does that work?”
Chiu Kuo-cheng, Minister of National Defense: “We are not at that level.”
National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said during the legislative session that China would pay a big price if the country chooses to take military actions against Taiwan. Both sides would suffer, Chiu remarked.
Chiu Kuo-cheng, Minister of National Defense: “I don't think any side wishes for war. China should really think through all the consequences. If war really happens, everyone would truly suffer.”
Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has been closely observing China's actions in the Taiwan Strait but saw nothing irregular. Taiwan's National Security Bureau also confirmed during the legislative session that a Chinese aircraft had recently crashed in the disputed South China Sea area between its southern province of Hainan and Vietnam, while conducting military drills. The security bureau offered another analysis, saying that China was trying to "test the bottom line" of the U.S. and other claimants of the area while global attention is on the war in Ukraine.
Chen Ming-tong, Director-general, National Security Bureau: “The PRC is seeking an opportune moment to intervene and benefit. The PRC is carefully considering its strategic interest in dealing with both Russia and Ukraine.”
The bureau further added that China has continuously threatened Taiwan in a combination of ways amid the war in Ukraine to wear off Taiwan's national defense resources. Many people in Taiwan have shown support for the Ukrainians and have shown willingness to protect Taiwan. It has become a heated topic recently as to whether women or young men exempt from military service should join the military.
Chiu Kuo-cheng, Minister of National Defense: “It can be discussed. There should be no discrimination in showing patriotism, but we should at least set an age limit. If war happens, we respect anyone who wishes to participate in the fight.”
The National Defense Ministry said that some could participate in combat while others could offer service support or combat support. As to whether compulsory military service should be extended to one year, National Defense Minister Chiu said an extension should deliver better military training results but that is still under evaluation.