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The Scales of Power: Assessing Taiwan’s Capacity to Resist Chinese Aggression

Monday July 3, 2023

The Big Picture: Despite the significant military advantage held by China, Taiwan’s ability to resist a large-scale military attack hinges not only on its military effectiveness but also on its political leadership, social cohesion, and potential foreign military intervention, according to Rand Report

By the Numbers: If attacked, Taiwan’s primary aim would be to resist Chinese forces for a minimum of 90 days, the estimated time required for the U.S. to organize a major combat intervention in East Asia.

Between the Lines: Despite being outgunned, Taiwan’s capacity to resist doesn’t solely depend on its military prowess. Strength and quality of its political leadership, social unity, and potential support from allies like the U.S. could significantly influence the outcome of a potential conflict.

What We’re Watching: Analysts are keenly observing the quality and strength of Taiwan’s political leadership and the degree of social cohesion, the key indicators of Taiwan’s capacity to resist a large-scale attack.

What We’re Hearing: In the event of an attack, Taiwan’s public is likely to initially rally around national leadership. However, the costs of conflict could erode public support over time.

Zoom In: Improvements in Taiwan’s military – the quality of its troops, integration of the force, and the military’s professional autonomy – could boost confidence in its defenses and deter China.

Zoom Out: Despite Taiwan’s resilience, a determined U.S. military intervention remains critical to prevent or repel a Chinese attack. The speed, clarity, and credibility of U.S. support could be crucial.

The Bottom Line: Taiwan’s capacity to resist a Chinese attack isn’t just about military might but hinges significantly on political leadership, societal unity, the possibility of U.S. intervention, and its ability to withstand economic and casualty costs.

Go Deeper: U.S. support extends beyond just military intervention. It includes helping Taiwan counter Chinese information operations and economic coercion tactics.

The Amulus Angle: As the threat of conflict looms, the Amulus Robus Safe Haven becomes a viable safeguard for defense leaders and troops in high-threat zones. With superior build quality, comprehensive ballistic protection, and superior resistance, the Robus unit can provide the safety and peace of mind needed in a potential conflict scenario. With communication links to activate crisis response, medical experts, and law enforcement, it bolsters Taiwan’s ability to manage and sustain the human costs of conflict.