Jul 29, 2018CultureComments Off on ‘Combat readiness month’ said to resume in 2019
Taipei, July 29 (CNA) The military plans to revive a one-month-per-quarter military training program from next year to boost combat readiness nationwide, a source with knowledge of the matter said Sunday.
The program was suspended in 1991 because military services and units have their own training programs and missions. However, with the volatile situation in the Taiwan Strait in recent years, the military plans to revive the program to replace the existing one-week-per-month training program, according to the source.
The one-month military readiness training program, which is expected to include joint training and exercises conducted by several military units and even all three branches of armed forces, seeks to reinforce military combat training and enhance their combat capability, the source added.
With the complicated, multiple missions and different operational models of various military services, it is difficult to implement the extensive program, the source said, adding that the details of the plan are still being discussed. However, the training program will be fleshed out in July-September and a review conducted in December before a clear direction is determined.
Meanwhile, according to a United Daily News report, the military has established three special sites for missile tests in Hukou and Guanxi in northern Taiwan and Pingtung in the south and has built bombproof storage facilities for missile launch vehicles. The military has also earmarked confidential expenditure for those facilities.
The Ministry of National Defense did not confirm the report.
Lu Li-shih (???), a former captain of the ROC Navy corvette the Chinchiang, said that with China's growing arsenal of accurate cruise missiles that allow it to threaten key aspects of Taiwan's military operations, moving missile launch vehicles to rural areas is normal.
In the face of the military threat posed by China, "mobility" is a priority in the ministry's innovative high-tech and asymmetrical military tactics designed to fend off a potential invasion by Chinese forces, a high-ranking military officer said recently.
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel