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The Institute for Taiwanese Studies (ITS) hosted a roundtable, featuring Dr. Ing-Wen Tsai (third from right, front row) in Los Angeles on January 16, 2006.  Currently, Dr. Tsai is the President of Taiwan and the Chairperson of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP, Taiwan).  ITS Chairman Wencheng Lin (first from left. front row), ITS President Adolf Huang (standing behind Dr. Tsai) and the scholars from USC, UCLA, UCI, Rand Corp., ITS and other invited guests attended the session.
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Taiwanese would go to war for Taiwan

The Russia’s war in Ukraine brought lots of attention in Taiwan because both Taiwan and Ukraine faced an aggressive neighbor.  It’s nothing new that China threatened Taiwan all the time and repeatedly claimed that China would use force to take over Taiwan.  Even though China spent billions to strengthen their military force, it is the fact that China still not strong enough to launch a meaningful attack on Taiwan.   For decades, with the help of US, Taiwan had already built up a strong military force which is good enough to fight against China.    “Today Ukraine, Tomorrow Taiwan.” is a catchphrase that has emerged over the last two months.     As reported in Taiwan’s media, China might seriously take some sort of aggressive actions against Taiwan in the coming months.  Some experts agreed that China has the capability to attack Taiwan anytime, but not ready for launching a full-scale war toward Taiwan.  Recently, the Taiwan government said it will not start a war with China but will itself “full on”.   It is no secret that military tensions with China, are at their worst in more than 40 years.  Almost daily, China mounted mass air force incursions into Taiwan's air defense identification zone that was part of a pattern of what Taipei views as stepped-up military harassment by Beijing.  Although no shots have been fired and China's aircraft have stayed well away from Taiwan's airspace most time.  The day after Russian’s invasion, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen described the situation Taiwan faces as “fundamentally different” while Cabinet spokesperson Lo Ping-cheng said it was “inappropriate” and “demoralizing” to claim that Taiwan would be next.  Recently, a poll conducted by Institute for National Defense and Security Research found that about 73 percent of Taiwanese would fight for their nation in the event of a Chinese invasion.
































Posted: May 7, 2022
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