Taiwan extends compulsory military service amid China’s aggression

27 December, 2022 | Vaishali Sharma

Chinese World

Taiwan has chosen to increase required military duty for male residents from four months to one year beginning in 2024, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated on Tuesday, according to The Wall Str...

Taiwan has chosen to increase required military duty for male residents from four months to one year beginning in 2024, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen stated on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Terming it an “extremely difficult decision,” Tsai Ing-wen emphasised that peace depends on national defence and national defence is dependent on the people of the country. She stated that the conscript pay will be increased to the minimum wage. Tsai Ing-wen announced that training will be intensified and expanded to involve instruction on the use of Javelin antitank missiles and drones. “This was an extremely difficult decision,” The Wall Street Journal quoted Tsai Ing-wen as saying.

“Peace depends on national defence, and national defence depends on the whole population,” she added.

Taiwanese Defence Ministry said that six Chinese aircraft and ships were detected around Taiwan. It further stated that Taiwan’s armed forces monitored the situation and tasked the navy vessels, and land-based missiles to respond to these activities of China.

Taiwanese Defence Ministry tweeted, “6 PLA aircraft and 3 PLAN vessels around Taiwan were detected in our surrounding region by 6 a.m.(UTC+8) today. R.O.C. Armed Forces have monitored the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond these activities.”

On Monday, Taiwan Defence Ministry said that 71 Chinese air force planes and seven ships were spotted around Taiwan with 47 military aircraft detected to have crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. The incursions, according to Taiwan, were made by aircraft, including 12 J-11, 6 J-10, 18 J-16, six SU-30, CH-4, WZ-7, Y-8 EW, Y-8 ESW and KJ-500.

Taiwan Defence Ministry in a tweet said, “71 PLA aircraft and 7 PLAN vessels around Taiwan were detected in our surrounding region by 6 a.m.(UTC+8) today. R.O.C. Armed Forces have monitored the situation and tasked CAP aircraft, Navy vessels, and land-based missile systems to respond these activities.”

In another tweet, Taiwan’s Defence Ministry said, “47 of the detected aircraft (J-11*12, SU-30*6, CH-4 UCAV RECCE*1, J-10*6, J-16*18, Y-8 EW*1, Y-8 ASW*1, KJ-500*1, WZ-7 UAV RECCE*1) had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait and entered Taiwan’s southwest ADIZ, flight paths as illustrated.”

According to CNN, the Taiwan Defense Ministry’s warning comes after the Chinese military’s Eastern Theater Command said on Sunday that it conducted joint combat readiness patrols and “strike drills” surrounding Taiwan.

China made the declaration after US President Joe Biden signed a new defence bill into law, which includes the establishment of a defence modernization programme for Taiwan in order to repel the Chinese advance. Notably, tensions between China and Taiwan have risen following US House Representative Nancy Pelosi’s travel to Taiwan, which China claims as part of its territory.