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Taiwan ex-general says soldiers lack weapons for China war —'Are they supposed to fight with brooms?'

Taiwan ex-general says soldiers lack weapons for China war —'Are they supposed to fight with brooms?'

10/30/2020 4:51:00 PM

Taiwan ex-general says soldiers lack weapons for China war —'Are they supposed to fight with brooms?'

The retired major general once in charge of procurement for Taiwan 's defense ministry also suggested the country could be undermanned in the event of a cross-strait conflict.

Are they supposed to fight with brooms?Hsiao Tien-liuNewsweek subscription offers >"Although a war mobilization order would be enforced, the military lacks comprehensive measures to mobilize in an emergency," Hsiao said, according to a Newsweek translation of the CRNA report."Successfully assembling 450,000 troops would be very difficult."

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Another obstacle would be the military's historical lack of attention paid to weapons and equipment consolidation in its warehouses, he argued. It could lead to an inability to provide enough arms to soldiers, even if the armed forces could assemble the troops it needed.

"How do soldiers go to war without proper equipment? Are they supposed to fight with brooms?" CRNA reported Hsiao as saying.The retired major general urged Taiwan's military to"be more aware of the crisis" and do the"basic preparations" necessary to respond to a future emergency situation. headtopics.com

Newsweekcontacted Taiwan' defense ministry for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.'Pointless' arms raceIn another interview published by CRNA today, Hsiao, who was involved with the defense ministry's now reorganized U.S. arms procurement division, called recent weapons purchases from America an"endless money pit."

Tsai's government has struck nine arms deals with theTrumpadministration since she was first elected to office in 2016, spending record amounts of Taiwan's military budget on defensive armaments.Hsiao called an arms race with Beijing"pointless" because of the PLA's enormous military expenditure."Taiwan will never close this military gap, no matter how much money it spends," he told the news site.

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