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Taiwan ends conscription to build 'stronger' army

Taiwan ends conscription to build 'stronger' army

Updated 23 November 2012, 16:43 AEDT

Taiwan says it will stop drafting young men into active duty next year, as it moves towards building a "smaller and stronger" professional military.

Taiwan says ending conscription will reduce its army to 215,000 troops better able to deter China's 2.3 million-strong military.

But with conscripted soldiers making up more than half of Taiwan's army, the transition to a fully voluntary force is likely to face some serious challenges.

Correspondent: Delnaaz Irani

Speaker: Professor Bruce Jacobs, Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in Melbourne

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