MND details China’s ‘grey area’ war tactics against Taiwan

Taipei, Aug. 31 (CNA) The Ministry of National Defense (MND) has detailed the “grey area” tactics employed by China to conduct reconnaissance around the Republic of China (Taiwan) and its outlying islands in a report in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, highlighting the government’s request to increase the national defense budget to facilitate the deployment of more effective countermeasures.

The military has regularly reported sightings of Chinese drones over the front islands of Kinmen and Matsu, both off China’s southeast coast, as well as increases in such flights following a visit to Taipei on August 2. 3, by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was strongly condemned by Beijing.

Besides drones, China has also used civilian aircraft, weather balloons, recreational fishing boats and marine research vessels for military purposes around Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense said in the capabilities report. military of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

The report, mandated by the Legislative Assembly to accompany the ministry’s annual budget request, included a new chapter titled “Non-Military Operations” which detailed how the PRC is using “grey area” warfare tactics to increase pressure on the country. Taiwanese army.

The PRC has used such tactics to gather intelligence on Taiwanese troop deployments to the outer islands, test military responses to such incursions and increase pressure on Taiwanese coast guard forces, the MND said. .

Amid China’s increasingly coercive actions, the MND plans to install anti-drone defense systems at 45 sites, including ports, airports, defense outposts in remote mountainous areas and missile launch facilities across Taiwan proper and on frontline outlying islands, to disrupt or neutralize hostile drones and secure the country’s airspace.

A budget of about NT$4.3 billion ($141 million) for the five-year project, lasting from 2022 to 2026, was approved by the Legislative Assembly last year as part of the budget of the MND for fiscal year 2022.

The legislature must review the anti-drone defense systems planned by the MND and decide whether or not to revise their budget, the construction of which will begin next year.

According to a statement from the Ministry of National Defense in May, the anti-drone defense systems are designed by the National Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology (NCSIST) in Taiwan and are capable of remote detection, tracking and classification. small drones, in which case a decision can be made. taken to disrupt their activities.

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