BACK TO CONSCRIPTION? A former US representative to Taiwan said an all-voluntary military service would reduce the nation’s military strength and capacity to mobilize
Date: Sep 17, 2017
By: Sean Lin / Staff reporter
Foreign academics yesterday urged Taiwan to boost its military power to respond to
China’s rapidly growing military prowess and implement strategies to curb its attempts at gaining dominance over the region.
China has been vastly expanding its military after its fiasco in the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis in 1996, in which it was forced to end its missile “tests” targeting Taiwan after the US decided to defend Taiwan by dispatching a carrier battle group (CVBG) to the Taiwan Strait, Japanese congressman Akihisa Nagashima, who formerly served as Japan’s deputy minister of defense, told an international symposium in Taipei hosted by the Taiwan National Security Institute.
To acquire the ability to counter US carriers, China has since 1997 built a fleet of nuclear submarines loaded with anti-ship missiles, greatly increased the range and accuracy of its missiles, and developed fighter jets that are on par with US F-16s and F/A-18s, while increasing its defense budget by 6.2 times, Nagashima said. “The rapid military expansion raises the question: If the same situation in the 1996 Taiwan Missile Crisis happens again, will the US still be able to boldly deploy a CVBG like it did back then?” Nagashima said. [FULL STORY]