Analysts named the main problems of the Taiwanese army in the face of the threat from China

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Analysts named the main problems of the Taiwanese army in the face of the threat from China

The likelihood of an armed conflict between China and Taiwan is becoming increasingly high. This prompts both Taiwanese and US analysts to take a closer look at the capabilities of Taiwan's armed forces in the context of the prospect of countering a Chinese offensive. At the same time, the problems of the Taiwanese army are discussed.

According to military analyst Paul Huang, who works for the Taiwan Public Opinion Foundation, the most important areas to pay attention to in the context of the modernization of the Taiwanese army are weapons, tools and hardware. According to Huang, the Taiwanese army is "stuck in the past." This applies not only to weapons, but also to the relationship between the armed forces and civilian authorities.



If the Taiwan Ministry of Defense does not change the concept of command and control of the armed forces, American taxpayer money will be wasted. The state of military training leaves much to be desired. A separate issue is the motivation of the Taiwanese population. Even the military personnel of the Taiwanese army doubt it.

Like other countries of the pro-American global coalition, "well-fed" Taiwan is facing big problems in accepting recruits into the army and navy. Young residents of the island are guided by a civilian career, they do not want to join the army.

The decrease in the popularity and prestige of military service is also facilitated by periodic incidents during military exercises, when soldiers die, and the authorities cannot intelligibly explain the reasons for what happened. Young Taiwanese do not want to put their lives at risk for relatively small money by the standards of the island and vague career prospects.

Taiwan's mandatory military service has been reduced from two years to four months. But who can be prepared in four months in modern conditions? Especially when you consider that the human resources of China and Taiwan are incomparable, it is impossible to fight China, hoping to "throw cannon fodder".

The confidence in the armed forces in Taiwanese society is also falling. According to polls, 78% of Taiwanese do not believe in the ability of the island nation to defend itself in the event of a Chinese military operation. Despite the fact that the majority of the inhabitants of the island do not support the entry of Taiwan into China, no one is eager for military service either.

Former deputy commander of the Taiwan Air Force, now a military expert, retired Lieutenant General Chang Yanting, claims that there is a clear discrepancy between the patriotism declared by Taiwanese youth and their own unwillingness to join the military. Young Taiwanese expect a strong military but don't want to be part of it, the retired general said.

It is difficult to recruit not only privates, but also non-commissioned officers and officers. In the Taiwanese army, officer staffs are only 40% full, non-commissioned officers - 60%. Another problem is the decline in the birth rate: the population of the island is aging, the mobilization resource is declining. Taken together, these difficulties of the Taiwanese army may be one of the likely reasons for a too quick defeat in the event of a military confrontation with China.
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  1. +5
    29 September 2022 09: 18
    I don't understand the Kuomintang comrades at all.
    And why, in fact, they were so stubborn to fence themselves off from the priest, China.
    Of course, I'm not talking about the rulers and not about their overseas curators.
    For a long time (and indeed, for a long time already) it was proposed to live according to the system of one state, two systems.
    Hong Kong and Cocoa ....)))) Macau live and prosper.
    And for the most part, no one cares about them. Work, earn, develop, grow rich.
    Here (maybe I'm wrong, but I think so) it's the American shila, which is constantly poked into the ass by those in power in Taiwan. And there is no need for discussion. All clear.
    All the same, the Chinese brothers must negotiate peacefully, without bloodshed and world conflicts.
    1. +5
      29 September 2022 09: 24
      The Kuomintang no longer has a monopoly on power in Taiwan. By the way, China offers Taiwan a wider version of autonomy compared to Hong Kong and Macau. Unlike the latter, Taiwan is promised the preservation of not only its financial and economic system, but also its armed formations, even with the right to purchase weapons from abroad. In essence, it is proposed to simply recognize being a part of the PRC while maintaining independence in resolving most issues.
      1. +1
        29 September 2022 09: 50
        China can resolve the Taiwan issue by force at any time
        - without the use of the PLA army
        more than 5000 PMCs with 4 fighters are registered in China
        and the army of Taiwan is only 165 people
        1. fiv
          +2
          29 September 2022 10: 19
          I'm sorry, but who are these people in the picture and why are other people hiding behind them holding them by the fly? This probably distracts the first from shooting.
        2. -4
          29 September 2022 14: 09
          Can not. China understands that it simply cannot withstand such a hail of sanctions that have been imposed on Russia. As a result, instead of annexed Taiwan, they have disconnected Hong Kong, Tibet, Macau, Guangdong, Yunnan, Shanghai.
          I think it is not necessary to explain that China does not need this.
          Gorbachevism is brewing among the Chinese elites. They also dream of privatizing and using the wealth of their country with impunity. . What we experienced at the turn of the 80s and 90s is yet to be experienced by them. And believe me, the Chinese nix will be much bloodier than ours.
          1. +1
            29 September 2022 14: 23
            Yes, China doesn’t care about the sanctions, and there’s no need to write nonsense, all well-known brands are produced in the Middle Kingdom, 45% of the goods enter the SSA market
            1. -1
              29 September 2022 15: 57
              In 85, the collapse of the Union was also considered nonsense and put in a psychiatric hospital. And it's how it came out. 45% of the goods and want to grab the Chinese Gorbachevs. Or do you think Russian grabbers are exceptional in this? Everywhere so. And Asia, Europe and Africa.
    2. +1
      29 September 2022 09: 55
      All the same, the Chinese brothers must negotiate peacefully, without bloodshed and world conflicts.

      So for this you need to arrange a booze and shove your own "cookies" onto the throne for a start. Then slowly re-educate the bulk.
      And the USA does not sleep, the top is held tightly by the Faberge
    3. fiv
      +1
      29 September 2022 10: 03
      I think that you are right in pointing to the American awl. Exactly the same situation with the same awl is present on the Korean peninsula. If not for the Americans, relations between Koreas would be much closer. These cockroaches are everywhere. Hope only for the New Madrid fault and San Andreas.
    4. -4
      29 September 2022 10: 23
      Quote: U-58
      For a long time (and indeed, for a long time already) it was proposed to live according to the system of one state, two systems.
      Hong Kong
      In Hong Kong, they have already experienced in their own skin that there may be two systems, but one power. Those. put the device on the democratic aspirations of the Hong Kong masses and said that it would be as decided in Peking. So the Taiwanese do not really want this. And also compare the standard of living on the island and on the mainland, the numbers do not lie. And you can be sure that the convergence of the standard of living will not be due to the rise of that on the mainland.
  2. +1
    29 September 2022 09: 18
    Now everyone rushed to modernize their armies!
    In general, money, money and once again give us a lot of money. Americans, please help...
    1. +4
      29 September 2022 10: 21
      Quote from Fizik13
      Now everyone rushed to modernize their armies!
      In general, money, money and once again give us a lot of money. Americans, please help...

      Modernization, without running in by its fighters in combat conditions, will not be complete
  3. +3
    29 September 2022 09: 29
    This "comrade" lost sight of one thing. This is logistics.
    If help from America goes for at least a few days, then China is nearby, at hand.
    And you can respond faster.
    1. -4
      29 September 2022 10: 28
      Quote: Blacksmith 55
      If help from America goes for at least a few days, then China is nearby, at hand.
      And you can respond faster.

      Ohio-class submarines can be very close. I’ll even say more, you don’t see them, but they are there. So consider flight time in minutes.
  4. +2
    29 September 2022 09: 35
    the entire army of the Republic of China (Taiwan) 165 000 people
    and the PRC has only 17 Special Forces Brigades, which is 51 people
    MTR 2000 people
    Br Special Forces of the Airborne Forces 3000 people (15th Corps of the Airborne Forces of the PRC)
    2nd brigade 6000 people
    already 68 000 special forces
    + The 15th Corps of the Airborne Forces from 6 Brigades is 18 people (without BrSpN)
    Total 86 SpN versus 000
    we don’t even consider the Chinese army
    https://anna-news.info/armiya-kitaya-sily-spetsialnyh-operatsij-knr/
  5. -8
    29 September 2022 09: 50
    Taiwan has more advanced American technology and will be upgraded in the future.
    1. +4
      29 September 2022 10: 19
      Quote: Artemion3
      Taiwan has more advanced American technology and will be upgraded in the future.

      And can you give examples of "advancement" in hostilities?
  6. +2
    29 September 2022 10: 17
    A separate issue is the motivation of the Taiwanese population. Even the military personnel of the Taiwanese army doubt it.

    With underestimation of motivation, be careful, we got burned about it in Ukraine.
    If you act, then immediately and harshly, without any "fraternal peoples" ...
    1. +1
      29 September 2022 15: 59
      Here the strait aggravates everything. Everyone knows how difficult it is to carry out landing operations across the sea. Especially with a developed coastal defense.
      1. +1
        29 September 2022 19: 37
        Quote: Nickelium
        Here the strait aggravates everything. Everyone knows how difficult it is to carry out landing operations across the sea. Especially with a developed coastal defense.

        We also know about the anti-tank ditch (English Channel) laughing
        1. 0
          29 September 2022 20: 11
          Here the motivation is different. There was already the end of the war, and then the hard stuffing will begin
  7. 0
    29 September 2022 10: 35
    so if such a prosperous country, why not increase the allowance and the prestige of military service with some benefits?

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