Taiwan military conscription to be lengthened to one year due to China threat

TAIPEI, Dec 27 (Reuters) – Taiwan will extend compulsory military service to one year from four months from 2024 due to the rising threat the democratically governed island faces from its giant neighbour China, President Tsai Ing-wen said on Tuesday.

The move, which had been well-flagged ahead of time, comes as China ramps up military, diplomatic and economic pressure on Taiwan to assert its sovereignty claims, including almost daily Chinese air force missions near the island over the past three years.

Tsai, speaking after a national security council meeting of senior security officials, said Taiwan wanted peace but needed to be able to defend itself.

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This can be interpreted as escalation or as relaxed precaution. It seems to indicate nothing pressing right now. ABN

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