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Taiwan's military service extension is just a first step

Island's army is its ultimate shield against Chinese occupation

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Taiwanese soldiers take a break on a ferry in Matsu after finishing their first month of training in March 2022: The current system engenders cynicism and a lack of confidence.   © Reuters

Gil Barndollar is a senior fellow at the think tank Defense Priorities in Washington and a former U.S. Marine infantry officer.

Taiwan is the 21st century's Cuba, an island redoubt of one political-economic system a few dozen miles off the coast of the system's prime competitor.

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