Last war in Ukraine: the third round of Russian-Ukrainian talks ends without a breakthrough

People attend a rally against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in Taipei on Sunday © Ann Wang/Reuters

Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Wu Hao-chin had never heard of Javelin anti-tank missiles. Now Wu discusses their merits in urban warfare with his friends and argues that Taiwan should train its reservists to use them.

“Taiwan is very peaceful, so I never thought about war. But watching the war in Ukraine on the news, we realize it could happen here too,” the 22-year-old economics student said.

“It’s heroic how Ukrainians are defending their homeland. We may have to do the same when China attacks, but we are not ready.

Russia’s assault on Ukraine serves as a wake-up call for Taiwan, where there is now growing awareness that the Chinese Communist Party may follow through on its warning to take the island it claims by force like his.

“This Ukraine crisis reminds us that this threat is very real,” said Ho Cheng-hui, a law professor who last year founded the Kuma Academy, which aims to educate the public in combat and strengthen their will to fight. resistance. “A lot of people are suddenly paying more attention to self-defense.”

Enoch Wu, a former special forces officer who has trained more than 8,000 people in defense and disaster response issues, also noted renewed public interest.

“We had planned to launch a series of resilience workshops in May or June, but decided to postpone everything to this weekend,” he said. “Within an hour of the announcement it was sold out.”

Learn more about Taiwan’s response to the war in Ukraine here.

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