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Germany has lessons on all-out defense

I fully approve of the structural changes the government has made to Taiwan’s military service system to enhance the battle preparedness of draftees.

However, there remains a lack of complementary provisions to cultivate a level of preparedness among the general public, such that any talk of “all-out national defense,” including the nation as a whole, remains empty words.

Despite the arrangements for the annual Wan An air drills — the series of military exercises and civil defense drills preparing Taiwanese for emergency situations — the majority of the public are still going about their everyday lives as if there is no immediate danger.

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Taiwan legislators receive IPAC invites

Taiwan has been invited to join the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), highlighting its key role in resisting Beijing, and that democratic countries want Taipei to join their alliance, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Legislator Fan Yun (范雲) said yesterday.

Founded in 2020, IPAC consists of 250 legislators from 30 countries across five continents, who are working to reform how democratic nations approach China.

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Newsflash


President Tsai Ing-wen addresses the Ketagalan Forum in Taipei yesterday.
Photo: Liao Chen-hui, Taipei Times

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has affected the timing and strategy of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s (習近平) plan to take Taiwan by force, former US secretary of defense Jim Mattis told a forum in Taipei yesterday, where experts from around the world stressed the importance of like-minded democracies standing together in the face of rising authoritarianism.