Taiwan’s defence options

Authored by: Benjamin Schreer

Security and Conflict in East Asia

Print publication date:  May  2015
Online publication date:  April  2015

Print ISBN: 9781857437171
eBook ISBN: 9781315850344
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The key goal of Taiwan’s (Republic of China) defence policy is to prevent the People’s Republic of China – with the support of the USA – from attempting to use military force to enforce unification on Beijing’s terms. Should such a strategy of deterrence fail, Taiwan’s armed forces would need to be in a position to prevent a Chinese invasion. Previously, Taiwan relied on a number of military factors to deter Chinese aggression. These included the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) inability to project sufficient power across the 100-mile Taiwan Strait; the Taiwanese forces’ technological superiority; the inherent geographic advantages of island defence; and the high likelihood of US intervention in the event of an unprovoked Chinese attack, based on the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) of 1979.

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