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The News

  • Recently, the Taiwanese Ministry of National Defense submitted to its legislature the newest edition of the Quadrennial Defense Review which has highlighted the need to build Taiwan military strength owing to constant threat from Mainland China.

Quadrennial Defense Review

  • Mainland China is aspiring to become an international superpower, is eager to undermine the international order and regional stability.
  • It has been particularly imposing coercive means of verbal intimidation and saber-rattling, intrusion and provocation by aerial and maritime assets, cyberattacks, and cognitive warfare “forcing us to succumb to their will”.
  • The mainland is posing increasing hostility and threats, further escalating the risk of accidents and clashes, and destabilizing the current peaceful condition across the Taiwan Strait.

Quadrennial Defense Review

  • Gray Zone Warfare
    • Gray-zone warfare refers to the “gray” area between peace and the state of war.
    • In China’s case, this involves wearing down Taiwan’s will and capacity to resist attack through almost daily incursions into Taiwanese air defense zones. That’s on top of conducting amphibious landing training exercises and naval patrols.
  • Taiwanese defence ministry has highlighted the danger that China will seek to move gradually from gray-zone to outright war.

The Plan

  • In light of this grayzone warfare, the Taiwanese report makes a call “to modernize the combat force.”
  • Taiwan plans include development of air-launched missiles with a “highly extended range” and “stand-off attack weapon systems“ which will have the capability to make precision strikes on Chinese targets.
  • Taiwan has also approved the launch of a new body under the Defense Ministry dedicated to boosting recruitment for the island’s armed forces, including reserve members. Starting in 2022, the new body aims to retrain an annual 260,000 people who had left the military in last 8 years.
    • Note: Taiwan had transitioned to an all-volunteer military in 2018 from a conscription model adopted in 1951.

The Plan

  • Other targets of the review include improving asymmetric warfare capabilities, using technology to facilitate military coordination, and promoting the domestic weapons industry.

 

 

 

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