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Taiwan tensions

Taiwan to extend military service to 1 year with eye on China

Four-month training requirement will lengthen as early as 2024

Taiwan's longer service requirement for the military will take effect as soon as 2024. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese defense authorities have decided to extend compulsory military service for men to one year, up from the current four months, amid growing tensions with China.

President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to convene Taiwan's National Security Council on Tuesday to make the decision official, with the longer service requirement taking effect as soon as 2024.

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