Taiwan Issues First War Survival Instructions Amid China Threat
Taiwan’s handbook details how to find bomb shelters via smartphone apps, water and food supplies.
Taiwan’s military released a handbook on civil defence for the first time on Tuesday, giving citizens survival guidance in a war scenario as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine focuses attention on how the island should respond to China’s pressure.
China has never renounced the use of force to bring Taiwan under its control, and has stepped up military activities nearby in the past two years, to press it into accepting its sovereignty claims.
Taiwan’s handbook details how to find bomb shelters via smartphone apps, water and food supplies, as well as tips for preparing emergency first aid kits.
Planning for the handbook pre-dates Russia’s attack on its neighbour, which has prompted debate on its implications for Taiwan and ways to boost preparedness, such as reforms to the training of reservists.
We are providing information on how citizens should react in a military crisis and possible disasters to come, Mr. Liu Tai-yi, an official of the ministry’s All-out Defence Mobilisation unit, told an online news conference.
It would enable safety preparedness and help people to survive, he added.
He said the handbook, which draws from similar guides issued by Sweden and Japan, would be further updated with localised information such as the sites of shelters, hospitals and shops for daily needs.