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Intellasia East Asia News – Taiwan vice defense chief calls for global efforts to contain China

Vice Defense minister Wang Shin-lung on Monday called for global efforts to contain security threats posed by China, including through joint military exercises, a joint strategic communication platform, and the sharing of drone signals.

In his keynote address at the US-Taiwan Defense Industry Conference, Wang, who is leading a delegation of Taiwan Defense Ministry officials to the annual event, said the Russian invasion of Ukraine would likely significantly decrease Moscow’s security threat to the region.

Vice Defense Minister Wang Shin-lung (王信龍). (CNA)

China, however, has continued its expansion and is bound to seriously impact regional security in the Indo-Pacific region and global security as a whole, Wang said.

He called on a global democratic alliance to remain on high alert to China’s rise and cooperate in strategically containing the expansion of the Chinese Communist Party.

To beef up Taiwan’s defenses, Wang proposed three major strategies strengthening information sharing with allies, building up war reserves, and better protecting Taiwan’s key communications infrastructure.

In terms of military cooperation with the United States, Wang said Taipei hopes to establish an Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) sharing mechanism with Washington and enhance routine high level official dialogue.

Those approaches, along with closer military exchanges with allies in the region, will be needed to prepare for potential cross-Taiwan Strait military conflict, Wang said.

Following his speech, Wang told Taiwanese reporters covering the meeting that his delegation has had “productive” meetings with the American side during the meeting being held in Richmond, Virginia, from October 2 to 4.

“In the closed door meetings, we have had candid exchanges concerning the obstacles and possible risks we are facing in terms of US arms sales, while the US side pledged it would do its best in helping Taiwan to solve these problems,” Wang said.

He also said Taipei and Washington have reached a consensus concerning Taiwan’s military buildup strategy, which has been described as “asymmetrical warfare.”

Wang said the most important task at hand for Taiwan was to make the most of every dollar it spends on its defense needs.

“How we make the best use of our limited defense budget in a timely fashion to boost Taiwan’s defense capabilities in the coming years will be the most critical task we face,” Wang said.

First held in 2002, the annual U.S-Taiwan defense industry cooperation conference is being held to provide a platform for the American defense industry to engage with the US and Taiwan governments on security assistance between the two sides.

Aside from the official Taiwan delegation led by Wang, Taiwan’s main opposition Kuomintang (KMT) has also sent a delegation led by its head of international affairs, Alexander Huang.

In his address Monday, Huang said KMT Chair Eric Chu has called for a “double-D strategy,” which stands for “defense and dialogue,” meaning Taiwan has to build up its defense capabilities while keeping a channel for dialogue open with China for threat reduction and crisis management.

To the KMT, Taiwan’s defense priorities should include improving its asymmetric operation capabilities “by rebalancing military investments and acquiring defense systems that are necessary and available for near-term contingencies.”

He also called on Taipei and Washington to conduct joint strategic assessments to enlarge the common interests of both countries to enable better cooperation.

“To that end, we need to calibrate our strategic assessment of potential military conflicts their forms, scales, timing so we can construct better joint approaches to respond,” he said.

https://focustaiwan.tw/politics/202210040007

 

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