Taiwan’s military issued a 28 page War survival handbook on April 12 advising citizens on how to respond to and protect themselves from a war situation, as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increases worries about a possible Chinese regime incursion into the island. The handbook includes where to find bomb shelters and how to stockpile emergency supplies.
Taiwan launched the All-Out Defence Mobilization Agency last December as part of its efforts to boost the reservist’s capabilities in the event of war.
While the island nation hasn’t reported any sign of an imminent invasion, the Chinese regime has escalated military harassment by flying warplanes near the island on a regular basis over the past two years.
China’s Communist Party has never controlled self-ruled Taiwan but it nonetheless views the island as part of its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.
The latest incursion occurred on April 11, when two Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan’s southwest air defence identification zone. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen ordered the military to strengthen its combat readiness after Russia’s troops poured into Ukraine.
Washington is the biggest backer of the democratic-governed island and is bound by the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taipei with the means to defend itself.
The move comes less than two weeks after the U.S. announced a possible $100 million military deal for Taipei.
Taiwan remains massively outgunned against China but the mountainous island would be a formidable challenge for any military to conquer. Taiwan last year stepped up its training regime for reservists and has increased purchases of military equipment such as jets and anti-ship missiles.
The island is also considering extending its compulsory military service to 12 months. Currently, all eligible males have to undergo a four-month basic military training. Unlike South Korea, the Philippines, and Japan, Taiwan is not a treaty ally with the United States.
On April 7, some Japanese and Taiwanese media reported U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi was scheduled to visit Taiwan on April 10.