Taiwanese millionaire to train 3 million civilians to defend against China

Taiwanese millionaire to train 3 million civilians to defend against China
Taiwanese millionaire to train 3 million civilians to defend against China

A colorful Taiwanese tycoon has announced that he will train over 3 million “civilian warriors” to help defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion, AFP reported, quoted by BGNES. He will donate NT$1 billion (US$33 million) of his own funds to the cause.

75-year-old Robert Tsao is one of Taiwan’s most successful businessmen and the founder of the largest microchip manufacturer United Microelectronics Corp (UMC). He has increasingly spoken out against Beijing, and his donation comes after Chinese forces demonstrated massive military might following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei last month.

Taiwan is under constant threat of invasion by China, which claims the self-governing island is part of its territory and must be returned to it – by force if necessary.

For a week after Pelosi’s visit, China sent warships, missiles and fighter jets into the waters and skies around Taiwan. This is one of the most large-scale and aggressive military exercises since the mid-1990s.

Cao warned that if China used force against Taiwan, it would be a “deliberate massacre and a cruel war crime.” The tycoon said he would spend 600 million Taiwan dollars over the next three years to train three million “black bears” to work alongside the military. Another $400 million will be used to train 300,000 riflemen.

Taiwanese soldiers have fired flares at three unidentified drones that flew near Kinmen County, a coastal city…

Meanwhile, China’s most authoritarian leader in a generation, Xi Jinping, is on course to win an unprecedented third term later this year and is making the seizure of Taiwan a key part of his “national recovery” goals.

According to Pentagon estimates, China continues to have an overwhelming superiority – Taiwan’s 88,000 ground troops against China’s 1,000,000 military personnel. Mandatory military service for Taiwanese men is currently only four months.

American and Taiwanese strategists have increasingly urged Taipei to adopt an asymmetric warfare strategy that would involve training civilians to fight.

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