Taiwan publishes first war survival manual against Chinese threat

A Taiwan flag is pictured during the National Day celebration in Taipei, Taiwan October 10, 2021. REUTERS/ Ann Wang

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TAIPEI, April 12 (Reuters) – Taiwan’s military released a civil defense manual for the first time on Tuesday, giving citizens tips for surviving in a war scenario as Russia invades Ukraine. draws attention to how the island should respond to pressure from China.

China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control and has stepped up military activities in close proximity over the past two years to pressure it into accepting its sovereignty claims.

Taiwan’s handbook details how to find bomb shelters via smartphone apps, supplies of water and food, and tips for packing emergency first aid kits.

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Planning for the playbook predates Russia’s attack on its neighbor, sparking debate about its implications for Taiwan and ways to bolster preparedness, such as reforms to reservist training. Read more

“(We) provide information on how citizens should react in the event of a military crisis and possible future disasters,” said Liu Tai-yi, an official with the ministry’s Total Defense Mobilization Unit. , during an online press conference.

This would prepare for safety and help people survive, he added.

He said the manual, which is based on similar guides published by Sweden and Japan, would be further updated with localized information such as the locations of shelters, hospitals and shops for daily needs.

The manual uses comics and pictures with tips for surviving a military attack, such as how to distinguish air raid sirens and ways to take cover from missiles.

Taiwan has reported no signs of an imminent Chinese-planned invasion, but has raised its alert level since the start of the war in Ukraine, which Moscow calls a “special military operation”.

President Tsai Ing-wen has repeatedly sworn to defend the island and oversees an extensive modernization program to make his forces more mobile and harder to attack.

In addition to plans unveiled last year to reform reserve force training, the government is considering extending compulsory military service beyond four months. Read more

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Reporting by Yimou Lee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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