Taiwan Military Issues War Guide for Civilians

Taiwan’s military on Tuesday released a guide for civilians advising them on appropriate actions in the event of ‘war’, appearing to indicate that Taiwan anticipates a higher risk of potential military conflict with neighboring China after Beijing stepped up threats against sovereign island nation in recent months, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.

The Taiwanese armed forces released a 28-page leaflet on April 12, the first of its kind. It contains information that “the general public can use as a guideline for emergency response in the event of a military crisis or natural disaster,” Taiwan Defense Ministry spokesman Sun Li said. told reporters during an online press conference on Tuesday.

AFP described the booklet as inspired by similar guides produced by the Swedish and Japanese military. Taiwan’s new civilian handbook tells residents of the island nation “where to find bomb shelters via mobile phone apps and what to do in an emergency, including how to distinguish air raid sirens”.

The compendium further highlights “basic survival skills for the public during air raids, massive fires, building collapses, power outages and natural disasters”, according to AFP.

“The guide is for the public to better prepare before a war or disaster occurs,” Taiwanese Defense Ministry official Liu Tai-yi said on April 12.

Liu, who specifically represents the Taiwanese Defense Ministry’s “All-Round Defense Mobilization Agency”, said his office hopes the Taiwanese public “can familiarize themselves with the location of security shelters” before a crisis. theoretical.

Taiwanese soldiers salute during National Day celebrations in front of the presidential building in Taipei, Taiwan, October 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying, File)

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) increasingly belligerent military actions against Taiwan, such as the relentless overflights that penetrate the island nation’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), have forced Taipei to devote more energy to defensive measures in recent months.

The Taiwanese military said in mid-March it was working to “strengthen its combat readiness” by revising training programs for reservists.

Taiwan News detailed the new protocol on March 12, writing:

Reservists in Taiwan were trained for five to seven days, which they undergo four times during their eight years of reservist service.

Under the new program, they will train for 14 days and participate in more intensive exercises, but only have to do so twice every eight years. …

Saturday’s exercise, intended to simulate defending a beach from attack, was carried out by some of the 400 reservists who began the new 14-day training program on March 6.

In addition to boosting its combat capabilities, Taiwan’s armed forces have also recently “increased procurement of military equipment such as jets and anti-ship missiles”, AFP noted on April 12.

“The island is also considering extending its compulsory military service to 12 months. Currently, all eligible men must undergo four months of basic military training,” according to the news agency.

Taiwan has devoted increased resources to its military over the past year amid growing threats to its national sovereignty by China’s ruling Communist Party. Beijing considers Taiwan, which is an island nation off China’s southeast coast, to be a territory of China. In line with this perception, the Chinese Communist Party has repeatedly issued official statements in which it asserts that a “reunification” between China and Taiwan is “inevitable”. Beijing’s position on Taipei does not recognize all of the established characteristics of Taiwan’s national sovereignty. Taiwan’s democratically elected government operates under its own constitution and oversees its own military.

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