by H. Haverstock, The Chicago Times
November 2, 2021
TAIPEI, Republic of China – As communist held China increases military threats and actions against the Republic of China (Taiwan), including airspace incursions and live fire military drills, the ROC defense ministry issued a statement Tuesday that it will intensify reserve force training next year to counter communist China’s attempts to take the island by force.
Tensions between the ROC and the communist held mainland, which claims the democratic island as its sovereign territory, have risen in recent months as Peking steps up military pressure, including repeated sorties by communist Chinese jets into ROC airspace and naval exercises. Military experts agree the intensive military action is being done to probe ROC defensives in hopes of building a strategy to counter and defeat ROC forces when an invasion takes place.
Starting next year, mandatory training for select reserve forces will be expanded to 14 days from the present five days in order to “effectively elevate combat capability of the reserve forces” according to a statement from the defense ministry. These reservists will be asked to fire more than double the number of rounds in shooting drills, and combat training will be extended to 56 hours from half day, according to a statement by Chiu Kuo-cheng, ROC Minister of National Defense.