TAIWAN COMMENCES YEAR-LONG EXTENDED MILITARY CONSCRIPTION
The commencement of one-year compulsory military service for new recruits in Taiwan marks the implementation of an extended conscription
The commencement of one-year compulsory military service for new recruits in Taiwan marks the implementation of an extended conscription period, a response to growing concerns about China’s increasing military threat. President Tsai Ing-wen announced this extension in 2022 amid heightened pressure from China, including frequent air force missions near Taiwan. The first batch of 670 conscripts began their service, aiming to enhance immediate combat effectiveness and improve the quality of reserve personnel. The extended service period is viewed as essential to strengthening Taiwan’s military power and readiness in the face of evolving security challenges. The conscripts will undergo more intense training, including exercises with advanced weaponry, aligning with Taiwan’s efforts to bolster its defense capabilities against potential aggression. The United States, a key supporter of Taiwan, has welcomed these reforms, emphasizing Taiwan’s commitment to self-defense. Despite criticism from China, Taiwan asserts its sovereignty and the right of its people to determine their future.
Quest: Emmanuel kelvin