Voice of America (VOA) reported on the 4th that a Taiwanese officer who serves as a policy adviser in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force recently wrote an article in his personal capacity to share his recent observations in Taiwan and made an assessment that if “something happens in Taiwan,” 70% Our people will stay and defend their homeland.
According to reports, as mainland China intensifies its pressure on Taiwan and the international community is worried about the possible outbreak of war in the Taiwan Strait, my country’s national defense capabilities and the willingness of its people to fight are also issues that have attracted much attention from all walks of life.
U.S. Air Force Captain Jimmy Chien (transliteration), who was born in Taiwan and often visits Taiwan, is the Director of International Affairs Taiwan-Mainland Affairs for the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. In order to deeply understand the thoughts of the Taiwanese people, he recently lived in Taiwan for two and a half months. By taking taxis, visiting night markets, and even soaking in hot springs, he communicated with hundreds of Taiwanese people, ranging from college students to retired people, and covering all walks of life.
The Center for Global Taiwan Studies, a think tank in Washington, released the “Global Taiwan Brief” on the 1st. Captain Chien published an article in the report titled “Conversations with the Taiwanese about Taiwan’s Defense.” However, he specifically stated that this was expressed in his personal name, and the views and opinions expressed in the article are not intended to represent the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Department of Defense.
Captain Chien said that the main purpose of talking to the Taiwanese people is to understand their thoughts on the Communist army’s armed invasion of Taiwan and their willingness to go to the battlefield. He pointed out that although the military strength of the Communist Party of China continues to increase and the pressure on Taiwan continues to increase, most Taiwanese people do not believe that mainland China’s military action against Taiwan is a possible situation. Many people believe that the Chinese Communist Party still has many internal affairs. To solve the problem, Beijing will not use force against Taiwan.
Based on the results of the conversation, he pointed out that if the communist army invaded Taiwan, it was estimated that about 70% of the Taiwanese people would be willing to stay and resist, 20% would leave Taiwan, and 10% would surrender. He said that the people of Taiwan know that if something happens to Taiwan, the US military is unlikely to fight side by side, but they hope to get the commitment and determination of the United States to provide non-combat support, especially at the supply level. “They understand the difficulty of maintaining supplies on an island, even if With proper training, once vital supplies are depleted, they will be extremely limited in what they can do.”
He also said that most people are not sure what kind of support the United States can provide. Most men of military age say they are willing to fight to the end, but only if they have the necessary training and equipment to give them a hard fight. “They emphasize that they refuse to be cannon fodder and do not want to go to waste. Send to death”.
In order to strengthen its reserve combat capabilities, our country established the National Defense Mobilization Agency last year, extended compulsory service from four months to one year, and increased the training time for reserve soldiers. But Captain Jane believes these reforms are too few and too slow.
He suggested that the United States may add an amendment to the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) to formalize the United States’ support for Taiwan when it is attacked for no reason, thereby alleviating the Taiwanese people’s widespread concerns about being abandoned by the United States and allowing Taiwan to focus on Focus on carrying out necessary national defense reforms such as strengthening military training.
In terms of training, he believes that Taiwan’s military must focus on real situations rather than “scripted exercises.” People he has spoken to describe Taiwan’s military exercises as “like acting rehearsals” rather than military exercises that can truly be inspired by them. action.
He pointed out that Taiwan’s military conscription and reserve systems must be completely overhauled. Due to the short duration of compulsory service, special emphasis must be placed on combat skills training rather than administrative work. Once in the Reserves upon completion of their military service, all Reservists must enter a system of ongoing training to ensure maximum coverage and predictability.
In addition, since Taiwan’s reserve commands have been distributed according to regions, he believes that Taiwan’s reserve force training should also focus on the defense of the areas where they are located. Like Ukraine’s territorial defense forces, Taiwan must develop warriors with a deep understanding of the terrain and complexities of their region.
He said Taiwan must start reform quickly or it will be too late. Although most people do not believe that conflict will occur immediately, the Taiwanese people still have considerable fighting will, and what remains to be seen now is whether the leaders can embrace this spirit and provide the best preparations for this.
Captain Chien pointed out in the article: “The United States must strengthen its resolve and demonstrate its commitment and provide more concrete support in the event of military conflict. Both Taiwan and the United States need a Taiwanese population that is fully trained and ready for war. This is Taiwan’s defense against invasion. The greatest deterrent will ultimately be the greatest guarantee of stability in the Taiwan Strait.”
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