Minister eyes higher-quality reservists

NO GOING BACK: The nation has no plans to return to conscription, Yen De-fa said, adding that the volunteer service would produce older, but better-quality troops

Taipei Times
Date: Oct 08, 2020
By: Jake Chung / Staff writer, with CNA

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa speaks at a meeting of the legislature’s Foreign and National Defense Committee in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Wang Yi-sung, Taipei Times

The Ministry of National Defense yesterday announced the establishment of a defense mobilization agency to increase the combat preparedness of the nation’s reservists.

President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) in June had said that the nation’s reservists would play a more important role in national defense.

Minister of National Defense Yen De-fa (嚴德發) told lawmakers that there had been 1,710 and 1,029 incidences of Chinese planes and ships respectively having crossed into the nation’s air defense identification zone so far this year.

Chinese planes had crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait 49 times so far this year, the highest number in 30 years, Yen said.    [FULL  STORY]

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