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Taiwan to lengthen military service as part of defense overhaul

Four-month training requirement will be extended to 1 year from Jan. 2024

The government of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is extending the mandatory period of military service for men aged 18 or older to one year. (Nikkei montage/Getty Images)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is set to more than double its four-month compulsory military service for men to one year as part of a defense overhaul, following a lengthy debate within the government in the face of China's growing threats.

"Considering the force requirements in the new strategic structure, we have decided to resume one-year compulsory service from 2024," President Tsai Ing-wen said at a news conference on Tuesday afternoon, with the new system applying to men born after Jan. 1, 2005.

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