The military is “fully prepared,” according to Taiwan’s top defence official, to defend the nation against any Chinese invasion.
Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng stated that Taiwan’s military would be “fully prepared” for any Chinese invasion, regardless of whether Beijing decides to advance or delay a rumoured timeline for doing so.
His remarks coincided with a live-fire exercise the Taiwanese military conducted early today to “simulate the use of cannons and tanks to repel invading Chinese forces,” according to the official Focus Taiwan.
The drills took place in Penghu county’s offshore waters.
“The military is prepared for war, and it knows what it must do, whether in the next second or the next hour. It will have its own timeline, pay attention to signs, and make predictions about potential developments accordingly, regardless of whether Beijing moves up or pushes back (its timeline to militarily invade Taiwan), Chiu said.
In case China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched a “first strike,” the minister emphasised the “need for the military to defend itself.”
He said, “Just like when someone pushes you, you have to dodge or deflect him.
“When preparing for war, the military is aware of what it must do, whether it is in the next second or the next hour. It will have its own timeline, pay attention to signs, and make predictions about potential developments in accordance with them. It won’t just sit back and watch whether Beijing advances or retreats in its timeline to militarily invade Taiwan, Chiu said.
Reiterating the “need for the military to defend itself if it sustained a ‘first strike’ from China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA),” the minister said
Just like when someone pushes you, you have to deflect or dodge him, he said.