TAIWAN IS NOT READY FOR CHINA and BIDEN AND THE U.S. SHOULD NOT MAKE PROMISES TO TAIWAN THAT THEY SHOULD NOT MAKE and that THEY ARE NOT READY TO FULFILL and WILL NOT KEEP. These Taiwanese Men Were Trained to Defend Taiwan From China; however, They Aren’t Sure They Can. Daniel Whyte III Says, This is not the mentality that you need to have when you are facing a nuclear power a hundred times bigger than you. Taiwan cannot have a “summer camp” mentality against China. Whyte tells President Tsai Ing-wen and the Taiwanese people, with love, be wise; do not poke the bear because you will be the next Ukraine trying to defend yourself by yourself with nations sending you weapons instead of fighting alongside you. Many of you are Christians. Start praying, and practice humility.

TAIWANESE CIVILIANS IN TACTICAL GEAR AND REPLICA WEAPONS TAKING PART IN AN URBAN WARFARE WORKSHOP FOLLOWING RUSSIA’S INVASION OF UKRAINE. PHOTO: SAM YEH / AFP

TAIWAN IS NOT READY FOR CHINA and BIDEN AND THE U.S. SHOULD NOT MAKE PROMISES TO TAIWAN THAT THEY SHOULD NOT MAKE and that THEY ARE NOT READY TO FULFILL and WILL NOT KEEP. These Taiwanese Men Were Trained to Defend Taiwan From China; however, They Aren’t Sure They Can. Daniel Whyte III Says, This is not the mentality that you need to have when you are facing a nuclear power a hundred times bigger than you. Taiwan cannot have a “summer camp” mentality against China. Whyte tells President Tsai Ing-wen and the Taiwanese people, with love, be wise; do not poke the bear because you will be the next Ukraine trying to defend yourself by yourself with nations sending you weapons instead of fighting alongside you. Many of you are Christians. Start praying, and practice humility.

Cheng Yi, 28, remembers his four months of mandatory military service in Taiwan as a pretty laid-back experience. “It was really basic stuff,” he said, recalling the summer-camp atmosphere with morning runs and pushups. He was among the civilians trained to defend Taiwan against China.

He did learn how to take apart a gun and put it back together. But when it came to actually using it, training was limited. “Everyone got six bullets” on each trip to the shooting range, he said.

Cheng wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a gun again if he was ever called to fight, he said, but the 2014 stint in the military did not leave him prepared. “I’m not really good at shooting.”

Civilians trained to defend Taiwan against China.

The self-ruled island of more than 23 million people has for decades faced an existential threat from China, which has vowed to bring the democracy into its fold by force if necessary. In part because an attack seems unlikely to most Taiwanese, the government had over the years eased unpopular military service requirements, shortening its length from the traditional one or two years.

But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine earlier this year, together with a more hostile China under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, have jolted some Taiwanese from their complacency.

Many want to rethink the country’s defense strategy. The government will budget $19 billion for the military next year, a 13.9 percent increase that includes plans to buy more fighter jets and other hardware. But beyond dollar commitments, the island is considering a reversal to a longer conscription service.

Source: Vice.com, Melissa Chang

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