Taiwan Defense Ministry says troops can decide how to counter Chinese military’s ‘first strike’

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Troops stationed on Taiwan’s frontline are allowed to counter aggressive moves by China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) which are seen as a “first strike”, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) has said. Taiwan on October 13.

PLA movements that are considered a first strike include aircraft, drones or ships entering Taiwan’s territorial airspace and restricted maritime areas after the Taiwanese military identified, intercepted and broadcast broadcasts. to warn them, according to Maj. Gen. Lin Wen-huang of the Deputy Chief of the Operations and Planning Bureau of the General Staff of the Ministry of National Defense.

Taiwan’s territorial airspace includes the country’s outer islands as defined in the “Law Governing the Relations between the Peoples of the Taiwan Region and the Mainland Region,” Lin told an MND press conference. Wednesday.

The Chinese communist regime claims Taiwan, which it has never governed, as part of its territory.

Lin said Taiwanese troops could exercise their right of self-defense to counter an attack, the Taiwan Central News Agency (CNA) said. reported Wednesday.

The Taiwanese navy launches an American-made Standard missile from a frigate during the annual Han Kuang exercise at sea near Suao Navy Port in Yilan County, Taiwan, July 26, 2022. (Sam Yeh/ AFP via Getty Images)

Lin explained that there is no normative definition of the term “first strike” in existing international conventions and customary international law. He said the concept of first strike derives primarily from the right of self-defense in international law.

Therefore, the National Taiwan Army is authorized to exercise its right of self-defense according to regulations, to closely monitor the enemy’s subsequent attempts, and to continue to face any threat from the Chinese Communist Party army. (CCP) in accordance with emergency processing provisions, according to Lin.

Taiwanese Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng said two days earlier that in the past, missile or artillery attacks by the CCP military were considered a first strike, but now the intrusion Chinese drone strikes should also be defined as a first strike, as the CCP has consistently used unmanned aerial vehicles or drones to impose itself in Taiwan, the NAC reported.

Taiwan shot down an unidentified civilian drone entering Taiwan airspace near Lion Islet on Sept. 1, according to Reuters. Taiwanese Prime Minister Su Tseng-chang said the CCP uses videos shot by drones as “home-based propaganda”.

The Taiwan Army’s Kinmen Defense Command chased four drones with live ammunition for two consecutive days from August 30 to 31, the French media company reported. RFI reported.

According Taiwan Ministry of National Defense, a total of 24 CCP aircraft sorties and five CCP ship sorties were detected as of 5:00 p.m. (local time) on October 14, and the CCP continued to carry out military maneuvers over above the maritime area and airspace of the Taiwan Strait. The Taiwanese military has adopted mission aircraft, ships, and land-based missile systems to closely monitor and respond to such military actions by the CCP.

Zhong Yuan contributed to this report.

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Sophia Lam joined The Epoch Times in 2021 and covers China-related topics.

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