Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-chen will answer questions from lawmakers at a parliamentary meeting held in Taipei, Taiwan on October 28, 2021. (Ann Wan / Reuters)
Taipei-Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense announced on Tuesday that it will step up reserve training, including doubling combat and shooting exercises, as China increases military activity near the island. Beijing does not rule out forcing the island to be seized.
Tensions between Taiwan and China claiming a democratic island as sovereign territory have intensified in recent weeks as Beijing has increased military pressure, including repeated missions by Chinese fighters in Taiwan’s air defense identification zone. bottom.
Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-chen said last month that the situation was “most serious” in more than 40 years and demanded additional military spending on domestic weapons.
In a statement, the Ministry of Defense plans to extend the mandatory retraining of some reserve forces from the current 5 days to 7 days starting next year in order to “effectively enhance the combat capabilities of the reserve forces.” Said.
These reserves need to more than double the amount of bullets fired in shooting exercises, and combat training will be extended from half a day to 56 hours, he said.
The new program will apply to approximately 13 percent of the 110,000 bookers the ministry plans to train next year before further decisions are made on whether to expand it.
Taiwan is gradually transitioning from conscription to volunteer-controlled specialized units, but Reuters reported last year that switching was a hassle, leading to the internal organs of 2.31 million reserves. Meaningless training and lectures during retraining.
China states that Taiwan should be forcibly robbed if necessary. Taiwan is an independent country, blaming China’s tensions and saying it defends freedom and democracy.