To protect his nation from a potential Chinese invasion, a Taiwanese semiconductor billionaire is building a 3.3 million-man army.
United Microelectronics entrepreneur Robert Tsao declared he would use his own wealth to hire and train “citizen soldiers” and sharpshooters to defend the island country from a risingly aggressive China. The 75-year-old magnate made the declaration on Thursday while clad in a helmet and protective vest.
He declared, “If we can effectively thwart China’s ambitions, we will not only be able to protect our territory but also significantly advance civilization and the state of the globe.”
Prior to his disagreement with the Taiwanese government over an inquiry into his firm, Tsao advocated for the unification of Taiwan and China. But he admitted to Radio Free Asia that Beijing’s ruthless assault on pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong caused him to reconsider. “Die in Taiwan and stand with its people,” he declared, was his intention.
“Given the Chinese Communist Party’s track record of crimes against its own people and its harsh oppression of individuals like the Uyghurs who are not even Chinese, the CCP’s threats have only stoked amongst Taiwanese people a profound hate against this frightening adversary, and a common desire to fight,” he added.
Tsao will work with the Kuma Academy, which teaches guerilla warfare to Taiwanese citizens. Over the next three years, the academy hopes to train millions of freedom warriors with help from Tsao.
The school stated in a statement, “Taiwan has no time to hesitate. This aim is high and the challenge is difficult.”
China has stepped up military activities on, around, and even over the country it claims as its own, leaving Taiwan on edge. The fightback by Ukraine against Russia’s invasion, which started in February, has encouraged Taiwanese people to be ready for combat. Less than 100,000 soldiers make up Taiwan’s army, which would struggle to defend itself against a mainland onslaught.
Kuma Academy issued a statement that said, “War is not a concern for a few individuals, and protecting Taiwan is for every Taiwanese. Everyone has the capacity and duty to bring their particular power to the battle.”
Particularly with Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House, visiting Taiwan recently, tensions between the two countries have risen. In retaliation, China conducted live-fire military drills, including missile testing, near Taiwan. A Chinese drone that had passed over one of Taiwan’s military installations last week was shot down by Taiwan.
The U.S. has agreed to provide Taiwan weaponry and military gear worth $1.1 billion, including an anti-ship and anti-air missiles as well as a radar system to monitor oncoming strikes.