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Taiwan’s Defense Dilemma: Walking A Dangerous Line Amid Rising Tensions

Tuesday September 19, 2023

The big picture: Taiwan’s defense strategy and military spending are misaligned with the increasing threats it faces from mainland China. For over 15 years, experts have warned that Taiwan’s military requires a significant overhaul to counter the rapidly modernizing forces of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), according to this Rand Commentary

What’s next: With the recent uptick in provocative actions by China, like the violation of Taiwan’s airspace by PLA warplanes and major military exercises, the urgency to re-evaluate Taiwan’s military preparedness has intensified.

What we’re watching: The U.S., as a principal ally and arms supplier to Taiwan, has its role under scrutiny. While the U.S. acknowledges Taiwan’s need for advanced, survivable defense systems, recent deals, including the sale of F-16 fighter jets, may fall short in a real conflict.

Between the lines: Despite the pressing threats, Taiwan seems to downplay the potential of an invasion, which could lead to complacency in its defense strategies. The situation mirrors Ukraine’s unpreparedness for Russia’s aggression in 2022.

The backstory: China’s unyielding approach towards Hong Kong’s autonomy and political rights, coupled with its declining diplomatic overtures towards Taiwan, paints a grim picture for cross-strait political relations.

Catch up quickly: China’s consistent demonstration of military prowess coupled with its decrease in diplomatic efforts indicates an aggressive stance. Taiwan, in contrast, despite having increased its defense budget, seems to be investing in non-survivable and outdated military assets.

Zoom in: One of the U.S. Defense Department’s primary focuses is the potential Taiwan conflict, driving a series of investments, exercises, and policies. 

Zoom out: This standoff isn’t isolated to Taiwan. Regional balances of power, especially in the Pacific, are shifting, with both U.S. and Chinese interests at stake.

The bottom line: Taiwan’s current defense posture may not be sufficient to deter or repel a full-scale Chinese invasion.

Go deeper: Taiwan’s military needs a paradigm shift, focusing on survivable, efficient, and modern systems to face the emerging challenges.

Why it matters: With a more assertive China, the stakes for Taiwan, its regional neighbors, and major powers like the U.S. are escalating.

By the numbers: In 2022, over 1,700 PLA aircraft violated Taiwan’s airspace, disturbing peace on 268 days of that year.

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