In addition to a huge military buildup, China is consolidating its power through legal, psychological and media warfare and Taiwan should recognize these threats, a three-volume set of books released by the Political Warfare College warns.
The Anti-Three Wars published by the college affiliated with the Ministry of National Defense (MND), discusses each of China's war fronts calls for a solid definition of Taiwan's national status and future direction and urges the people of Taiwan to support the development of national defense.
Addressing an audience at the book set's-launch, National Security Council Secretary-General Tsai Ming-hsien (蔡明憲) said Taiwan's first national security report and this year's US Defense Department report on Chinese military power both recognize China as a great threat to Taiwan, with its military and three wars strategy not only threatening Taiwan, but other Asian countries and the US also.
"Such tactics have threatened Taiwan's unity through cross-strait exchanges and issues like direct transport links and pandas," he said yesterday during the ceremony at the Armed Forces Officers' Club in Taipei.
The anti-three wars work requires long-term effort, and the MND should continue promoting this effort and present pragmatic measures, Tsai said.
Faced with China's media warfare, Wang Kung-yi (王崑義), one of the book set's authors and a Tamkang University associate professor, urged Taiwanese media to highlight all the threats posed by Beijing, instead of becoming China's advocate by supporting the arrival of Chinese pandas or agricultural produce.
Another author Ma Chen-kun (馬振坤), a professor at the Political Warfare College, warned that as China targeted the general public, rather than the government with psychological warfare, Taiwanese experience China's seemingly good intentions by means of social and economic exchange but failed to fully understand the situation.
"People may not think that it's necessary to take precautions against China due to positive cross-strait exchanges," he said.
"But what people don't understand is that cross-strait relations are still confrontational both politically and militarily," Ma said.
China has also interfered with Taiwan's diplomatic efforts through legal warfare, including the establishment of the anti-secession law.
To avoid cross-strait tensions becoming a war, Taiwan should solidify its sovereignty and strengthen its diplomatic efforts, Ma said.