The Chinese Military’s New Reservists Law Has Dire Implications for Taiwan
A new Reservists Law came into effect in China on March 1 enabling the People’s Liberation Army to more easily regulate and activate its reserve forces and to institutionalize a system for replenishment of military personnel. The law has sobering implications for the sovereignty of Taiwan.
The new law, comprised of 65 articles and 10 chapters, places reservist units under the leadership of China’s Central Military Commission. Reverse units are not kept in a state of military readiness. But the new law allows them to be rapidly called up if “the state issues a mobilization order or the State Council and the Central Military Commission take necessary national defense mobilization measures.”
Su Tze-yun, director of the Institute for National Defense and Security Research of Taiwan, warned that this new law is part of China’s preparations for a military invasion of Taiwan.
It’s part of the national combat readiness and the fighting force. Certainly, it can be viewed that if [the Chinese Communist Party] decides to attack Taiwan in the future, it will be mobilized.
- The separation of Taiwan from China was the result of a civil war between the Communist Party and the ruling party at the time, the Kuomintang.
- The war raged in mainland China from 1927 until 1950.
- By 1949, the Communists had defeated the Kuomintang, forcing its members to flee to the island of Taiwan.
- China, under the Communist Party, has actively claimed ownership of Taiwan ever since.
- Communist Party members view Taiwan as kind of an offshore rebel province and often vow to use force to dominate Taiwan.
In general, it creates a momentum to exert pressure on the United States and cooperates with the ccp’s general strategy of defeating Taiwan without fighting. However, the question of whether to have a war or not is very delicate, but it has well prepared for war.
—Wang He, U.S.-based China affairs observer
Weak-willed America: It is increasingly clear that China is actively preparing to illegally invade a sovereign, democratic nation that is a close partner to the United States. For decades, America’s security assurances have prevented China from risking such an invasion, but as the U.S. grows more divided and weak, the Chinese are growing proportionately bolder.
How could anyone fail to see that Taiwan is destined to become a part of mainland China? These 21 million people are going to be forced into the Chinese mold; and it is going to happen for one reason: because of a pitifully weak-willed America.
—Gerald Flurry, Trumpet editor in chief
Learn more: Read “Taiwan Betrayal.”