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2022/04/11 | Voice of America

Taiwan Mulls Lengthening Military Service

Analysts believe Taiwan’s ability and commitment to defend itself has been questioned in both Beijing and Washington and improving mandatory military service would send a clear signal to both that it is prepared.

2022/03/31 | Jonah Walters

What the Chinese and U.S. Militaries Have in Common

The convergence between Chinese and U.S military recruitment highlights an obvious, if rarely acknowledged, reality. Two of the largest standing armies in the world, the militaries have more in common than their leaders tend to admit.

2022/03/10 | Jonah Walters

Military Conscription Can’t Deliver Geopolitical Security — in Taiwan, Ukraine, or Anywhere Else

If the goal is to establish durable conditions of geopolitical security, the only hope for Taiwan is the emergence of an international diplomatic regime committed to the mutual draw-down of military capacity worldwide, through which all countries, especially China, Russia, and the United States, would be compelled to gradually diminish their own standing armies.

2021/10/29 | The Interpreter

The Legal Case For Defending Taiwan

If a narrow interpretation of international law saw China attack Taiwan, a League of Nations-style crisis would ensue.

2021/10/26 | The Interpreter

Would a War Over Taiwan Be Legal?

International law defines statehood and provides the rules of war, but ambiguities abound in the case of Taiwan.

2021/02/02 | Voice of America

A New Weapon? Chinese Ships Dredge in Waters Claimed by Taiwan

The number of Chinese dredgers in Taiwanese waters has increased over the past few years as illegal dredging intensifies.

2021/01/07 | Voice of America

China Is Increasing Taiwan Airspace Incursions

By making near-daily incursions, experts say China is normalizing its aggression and militarization.

2020/12/01 | The Interpreter

Beijing’s Line on the South China Sea: “Nothing To See Here”

China’s official denials of growing military capability in the region look a lot like gaslighting.

2020/11/18 | TNL Staff

Taiwan Grounds F-16 Fighter Jets After One Goes Missing

The training accident, the fifth this year, marks Taiwan’s third military aircraft crash in 2020.

2020/10/15 | Voice of America

Experts Say Taiwan Needs More Homegrown Military Efforts

Though Washington plans a new round of weapons sales to Taiwan, defense analysts say that the country needs to further develop its domestic arms industry and enhance its reserve system.

2020/10/10 | Ian Milden

Survey: What Is the Greatest National Security Threat to South Koreans?

The United States, North Korea, and Japan all seem equally threatening in the eyes of South Koreans, a new survey finds.

2020/09/22 | Voice of America

Increased China Warplane Activity Unnerves Taiwan

The Ministry of National Defense in Taipei says a total 27 Chinese aircraft crossed into Taiwanese airspace Friday and Saturday.

2020/06/25 | TJ Ting

OPINION: In Defense of Dragon Boat Festival

This Dragon Boat Festival, we must remember not to conflate a cultural tradition with a nation, country, or government.

2020/03/05 | Voice of America

North Korea Military May Become Hotbed of Coronavirus Infections

Defectors said crowded, often unhygienic barracks and soldiers' poor diet could lead to a rapid spread of the coronavirus, which in turn could pose a serious threat to North Korea's regime stability.

2020/01/02 | Daphne K. Lee

Taiwan's Election Campaigns Paused After Helicopter Crash Kills Top Military Officer

A helicopter crash on Thursday killed Taiwan's military chief of staff and seven others only days ahead of the general election. Presidential and legislative candidate have paused their campaigning activities.

2019/12/27 | Deutsche Welle

China Sails New Aircraft Carrier Through Taiwan Strait

Beijing has sent its first Chinese-built aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait. With presidential elections in Taiwan weeks away, officials there have criticized the maneuvers as an intimidation tactic.

2019/12/06 | East Asia Forum

Vietnam Confronts China’s Maritime Interference

Vietnam has publicly condemned China’s increasingly aggressive maritime intrusion on several occasions while its ASEAN partners are pursuing quiet diplomacy.

2019/10/08 | Andrew Maxey

Researchers Call for Taiwan to Strengthen National Defense by Investing Locally

At the 2019 Taipei Defense and Security Forum, researchers suggested the government to pursue Indigenous Military Programs to strengthen Taiwan's national defense.