Taiwan's PSYOPS unit weaponizes snacks for fight against China

Taiwan's PSYOPS unit introduces 'psychological warfare foods' to be used to convince PLA soldiers to surrender

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Photo by Military News Agency.

Photo by Military News Agency.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As China continuously tries to promote "unification" through the internet and other channels, Taiwan's Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) Center is not only using audio, video, and text propaganda, but is also employing the use of "psychological warfare foods" (心戰食品) to convince PLA soldiers to surrender in the event of a war.

At a press conference given by the Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Sunday (April 14), Taiwan's PSYOPS Center Director Wang I-hung (王宜弘) introduced new snack food packaging called "surrender foods" (投誠食品) to be used for propaganda purposes as part of its "psychological warfare foods" campaign.

Wang said that the three-pronged approach of videotaping, audio broadcasting, and publishing can be used at different stages to produce psychological warfare, psychological defense, motivational speeches, bulletins, flyers, safety certificates, posters, and other propaganda materials used in PSYOPS campaigns. Wang said that compared with the past when only simple products could be made manually, new technology enables the center to now produce a much higher level of quality, which allows them to better keep pace with the rapidly changing circumstances of war.


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In addition to traditional propaganda, the MND on Sunday released examples of "propaganda foods" labeled with simplified Chinese characters, as seen in China, and having names such as "surrender instant noodles," "surrender mineral water," "surrender caramel," and "surrender chocolates," reported CNA. The packaging is also printed with the words "Lay down your arms, surrender to the ROC [Taiwan] Army. We will protect your safety," along with a map indicating a location to surrender.

Wang noted that the Army would produce a variety of PSYOPS and propaganda materials depending on the actual needs on the battlefield. Whether they are foods or household goods, all are useful materials to emphasize the value of democracy and freedom, and can be planted in peacetime for use in wartime, said Wang.


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