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Taiwan running out of time and men

28th February 2017 - 01:38 GMT | by Wendell Minnick in Taipei

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A new RAND report estimated that Taiwan's intelligence community would have four weeks to prepare for a Chinese invasion. The report, 'Transformation of Taiwan's Reserve Force,' stated that Taiwan's ability to defend itself against a Normandy-style invasion is rapidly eroding as the island reduces its force levels.

The four weeks does not include an alternative coercive military campaign to force Taipei into surrendering. For this reason, Taiwan must make fundamental changes to its Armed Forces Reserve Command structure.

The report made recommendations for reserve force roles, missions and capabilities. It also identified potential enabling capabilities and specialist units that Taiwan

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Wendell Minnick

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Wendell Minnick


Wendell Minnick (顏文德) was Shephard's Senior Asia Correspondent throughout 2017 and 2018. Wendell is an …

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