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Taiwan considers extending 4-month military conscription

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan is considering extending its four-month compulsory military service, its defense minister said Wednesday, amid concerns about the self-governing island democracy's tension...

Taiwan launches selection and training process for MQ-9B drone operators

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Selection and training of officers to operate four MQ-9B drones to be procured from the United States has started, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Wednesday (Ma...

Changes to conscription not imminent: Taiwan defense minister

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The government will study proposals to lengthen the conscription period from four months to one year, but any changes will not take effect this year, Defense Minister Chiu...

Taiwan monitors Chinese militarization of man-made islands in South China Sea

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan is closely monitoring China’s militarization of man-made islands in the South China Sea, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Tuesday (March 22). Uni...

Taiwan's defense minister signals new Seahawk choppers still on the horizon

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s Minister of Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) told the media he has not received any notification so far that the U.S. is unwilling to sell 12 MH-60R anti-submar...

It’s time to open up Taiwan’s reserves to foreign workers

A lot of people care about Taiwan. And under the shadow of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine, a lot of people appear to be ready to fight for Taiwan’s future should it come to that. A...

On Taiwanese island, drills underscore strategic importance and vulnerability

Taiwan held live fire drills in its northernmost territory on Wednesday, putting the spotlight on a remote island that is strategically located at a chokepoint near China - and potentially vulnerable ...

Premier says Taiwan will only fight war as last resort

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan will never push citizens into battle and will only start a war as a last resort, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said while responding to a Legislative Yuan policy inq...

Taiwan's defense minister says Mirage fighter crash not due to spare parts shortage

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The cause of the crash of a Mirage-2000 on Monday (March 14) is not a lack of parts, Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said Tuesday (March 15). A single-seat Mirage...

Taiwan's military tests new capabilities to deter China threat

Taiwan is scheduled to hold several military exercises in the coming weeks as the self-governing island's leadership grows more concerned about a emboldened China after Russia's invasion of Uk...

Taiwan's defense minister stresses reserve force training during peacetime

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — If reservists are only mobilized for training in times of war and not during peacetime, it would be inappropriate to call them to the battlefield, as they would not be eff...

Taiwan must prioritize civil defense preparations now

In the face of a brutal and merciless invasion from one of the world’s strongest militaries, the resolute determination of the Ukrainian people to stand up to the invaders and defend their homes...

Taiwan minister: China war a disaster regardless of outcome

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A conflict with China, which threatens to invade Taiwan, would be a disaster for all sides regardless of the outcome, the island's defense minister said Thursday. ...

Employees of Taiwan's TSMC can ask to defer military reservist call-up

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) employees can avoid being called up for military service under certain conditions, according to the Ministry of National ...

Majority of Taiwanese support women joining mandatory military training: Poll

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A new poll shows a majority of Taiwanese are both in favor of women joining the country’s compulsory military training and extending the duration of the training per...