Taiwan

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    Swarming drone ‘hellscape’ to deter PRC use of force against Taiwan

    FORUM Staff A key to maintaining a Free and Open Indo-Pacific involves thousands of armed drones providing a swarming “hellscape” to deter Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping from ordering the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to cross the Taiwan Strait and invade self-governed Taiwan. United States Navy Adm. Samuel Paparo, Commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (USINDOPACOM), recently said the…

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    Vietnam’s artificial-island building draws measured response from Philippines, other neighbors

    FORUM Staff Vietnam is fast-tracking its artificial island projects in the disputed South China Sea, a move that aims to counter the People’s Republic of China (PRC), analysts say. By dredging the seabed and piling the material atop reefs in the Spratly Islands, Hanoi added more than 280 hectares of land between November 2023 and June 2024, reported the Asia…

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    PRC hackers increase aim at Taiwan targets, report says

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A suspected People’s Republic of China (PRC)-sponsored hacking group has stepped up its targeting of organizations in Taiwan, particularly those in government, education, technology and diplomacy, according to cybersecurity intelligence company Recorded Future. In recent years, relations have deteriorated between the PRC and Taiwan, a self-governed island across the Taiwan Strait that Beijing claims as its territory…

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    U.S. defense chief praises ‘new era of security’ in Indo-Pacific

    Agence France-Presse United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin hailed a “new era of security” in the Indo-Pacific, as Washington strengthens its network of alliances and partnerships. From Australia to Japan, the U.S. has deepened defense ties across the region, ramping up joint military exercises and regularly deploying assets to conduct freedom of navigation operations in the Taiwan Strait and South…

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    Taiwan provides insights for democracies to counter cognitive warfare

    FORUM Staff Democracies can learn lessons from Taiwan to counter cognitive influence operations, according to a new journal article. In the piece, Taiwan Army Col. Hsu Min-Cheng, a doctoral student at Taiwan’s National Defense University, explores how entities such as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) employ techniques and emerging technologies such as deepfakes to stoke societal divisions and subvert national…

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    Taiwan enhances force posture, military recruit skills with expanded conscription

    FORUM Staff Extending mandatory conscription from four months to one year has bolstered the Taiwan military’s ability to defend the self-governed island. The change took effect in January 2024 amid the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) threats to forcibly annex Taiwan, which it claims as its territory. Men are subject to the compulsory military service at age 18. After eight…

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    Taiwan’s new president affirms quest for peace, stability

    FORUM Staff At his recent inauguration, Taiwan President Lai Ching-te affirmed his pledge to maintain peace across the Taiwan Strait. Lai, elected in January 2024 after serving as vice president since 2020, again called for dialogue between the leaders of the self-governed island and the People’s Republic of China (PRC), which are separated by the 180-kilometer-wide Taiwan Strait. Lai urged…

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    Lawfare and counter-lawfare after the 2024 Taiwan earthquake

    Lt. Col. Richard J. Connaroe II A magnitude 7.4 earthquake struck Taiwan on April 3, 2024, killing at least 18 people and injuring over 1,100 others. Residents of rural eastern Hualien County endured power outages, road closures and damaged homes. Falling boulders trapped people inside tunnels and coal mines, and a rockslide on a trail killed at least five hikers.…

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    Taiwan embraces status quo for cross-strait peace

    FORUM Staff Taiwan’s democracy is helping ensure stability in the Taiwan Strait, throughout the Indo-Pacific and across the globe. All three presidential candidates in the self-governed island’s January 2024 election vowed to maintain the cross-strait status quo. “Despite increased military and economic challenges, my top priorities remain pragmatism and consistency,” President-elect Lai Ching-te wrote in The Wall Street Journal newspaper…

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    PRC bullying motivated Taiwan leader’s push to protect democracy

    FORUM Staff Taiwan President-elect Lai Ching-te points to a pair of life-changing factors as spurring his career in public service — poverty and protecting democracy. Lai, who will be inaugurated as the self-governed island’s leader on May 20, 2024, grew up in New Taipei City as the youngest of six children. His father died in a coal mining accident three…

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