A new poll shows a majority of Taiwanese support women taking part in and extending the country’s mandatory military training.
According to the latest poll by TVBS News, 56% of respondents support women’s participation in compulsory military training, while 78% support extending military training. More than 80 percent of those who support extending the length of service believe that training should last at least a year.
Defense Minister Qiu Guozheng said on Tuesday (March 8) that the topic has received a lot of attention, adding that he is pleased to see the enthusiasm of all members of society to protect the country. He said his department had formed a working group to look at different options and would consider them accordingly.
Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine has fueled discussions about whether Taiwan is prepared for a potential Chinese attack. Taiwan-born Singaporean Cao Cheng is the founder and former president of United Microelectronics. (He posted a Facebook post on Saturday (March 5) calling for the entire population of Taiwan to be trained as reservists.
Meanwhile, national leaders such as Speaker of the Legislative Yuan You Xikun said that the Taiwanese will fight actively in the invasion like the Ukrainians. On Monday (March 7), You Xikun recited a poem by the patriotic hero Jiang Shaozu, who fought against the Japanese invaders in 1895, illustrating the “spirit of Taiwan”. “Fight to the death.
Grant Newsham, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel who reviewed Taiwan’s defenses in 2019, said in October that while Taiwan has a combat-ready military, their reserves are disorganized. He advised Taiwan’s military to raise wages and conduct bilateral training with U.S. and allied forces to bolster the country’s readiness.