Taiwan has just 165,000 active-duty troops, compared with the 2 million-strong People’s Liberation Army. Photo: EPA-EFE
Taiwan has just 165,000 active-duty troops, compared with the 2 million-strong People’s Liberation Army. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Taiwan extends mandatory military service to prepare soldiers for cross-strait conflict

  • Starting in 2024, men will be required to serve for one year rather than four months, while pay for conscripts will more than triple, according to source
  • ‘It is a highly difficult decision to make,’ Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says of plan seen as unpopular among island’s youth

Taiwan has just 165,000 active-duty troops, compared with the 2 million-strong People’s Liberation Army. Photo: EPA-EFE
Taiwan has just 165,000 active-duty troops, compared with the 2 million-strong People’s Liberation Army. Photo: EPA-EFE
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