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Taiwanese, obedient dogs
★ China keeps inching closer to Taiwan, hence western experts (e.g., Foreign Policy, 10-28-2020, Financial Times (UK), 7-12-2020 ) warned Taiwan to make urgent defense reforms such as increasing the existing four-month conscription and improving reservist systems , but, Taiwanese politicians are afraid to discuss these issues with the public for months because they believe Taiwanese people are not willing to sacrifice. Considering electoral realities, Taiwan’s leaders don't want to shift from volunteer military service to mandatory military service with same training period as Singapore's or Korea's, because such a policy could be deeply unpopular among the young voters courted by the ruling party (DPP), according to Foreign Policy (10-19-2020). New York Times (5-18-2017) criticized Taiwan's nearly two million reservists "exist in name only" - but nothing big has changed till present, in spite of western analyst's warning "With China’s rapid military buildup, that may be time that Taiwan does not have.".
Foreign Minister often broascasts S.O.S. on world media, such as Fox-news, Newsweek,12-1-2020,
ABC, 12-1-2020: Taiwan foreign minister calls on Australia to help
defend against China...
News Australia, 11-7-2020: expert says Taiwan will need to bring back the draft in order to put up a fight. However, Taiwan ignores western advices and plans to mobilize only about 1/10 reservists. Reuters 12-10-2020 slams Taiwan : "It is almost as if fighting to defend the country is somebody else’s responsibility” .
★ Taiwan wants independence, but “Taiwan has become completely dependent on the US” (NY Times, 9-18-2020). NY Times, 11-24-2020 says Taiwan's famous politician : “Taiwan can’t face the might of China alone", ”We can’t fight China on our own"; in spite of Economist (8-30-2020), NY Times (8-30-2020), and pro-Taiwan senator advised Taiwan should raise military capability and not to rely on the US military to win the war (ref. to Hudson, 9-18-2020) ... Taiwan was reluctant to raise the military budget and not willing to reform military system. Aljazeera, 11-24-2020 notes: the Pentagon has called Taiwan’s military spending “insufficient” (Taiwan's budget $15.2bn., but Korea $43.9bn and Japan $47.6bn ), ... one of many concerns, include how willing it may be to reform internally and also raise the number and quality of recruits ; Economist,10-9-2020: Taiwan’s preparedness and its will to fight both look shaky. NewsWeek, 10-28-2020: As China Threatens War, Nearly Everyone in Taiwan Wants Peace: Poll.
Taiwan is chicken outdoors, But, hawkish at home - persecuting and mistreating its own nationals (People's Daily, 10-15-2020: Taiwan strictly monitors Taiwanese by so-called "Green Terror")