According to a new survey, the figure exceeds 60%. A recent war simulation shows that the US and Japan could prevent a Chinese attack, but at great cost. China’s military is learning from the mistakes of the Russians in Ukraine. Taipei relies on the natural obstacle of the Taiwan Strait.
Taipei () – More than 60% of Taiwanese are determined to fight in the event of an invasion by China. This is revealed by a new study carried out by a researcher from the Academia Sinica. Josh Wenger notes that the figure is one of the highest in the last 30 years, taking as a reference surveys on the willingness of the population to defend their homeland in the event of external threats.
The result of the investigation contradicts the prevailing narrative that Taiwanese would not risk their lives if a Chinese attack occurs. That conviction contrasts the potential attitude of the Taiwanese with that of the Ukrainians: in the Ukraine the population has shown an almost total unity of purpose in their willingness to fight to repel Russian aggression.
According to the Chinese government, Taiwan is a rebel province that must be reconquered even by force. For its part, under the Taiwan Relations Act, the United States has pledged to defend Taipei.
Based on the recent simulation of a Chinese invasion of the island in 2026, the Japanese think tank Sasakawa Peace Foundation has concluded that the intervention of US and Japanese forces could prevent the success of the Chinese operation, but at costs. very high for Tokyo and Washington.
On the contrary, as Taiwan News reports, analyst Chieh Chung of the Taipei National Policy Foundation says the Chinese are learning from the mistakes made by the Russians in Ukraine and could achieve a quick victory in the event of an attack.
To this statement, Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng responded that the national armed forces will fight to the last man, and that, to win, the Chinese will first have to overcome the enormous obstacle of the Taiwan Strait.