Taiwan losing military edge

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krzepice1976
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Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:33 pm

The Pentagon said China could pursue a measured approach signaling its readiness for armed conflict or conduct a methodical campaign to force capitulation.
Taiwan’s military advantages are waning as Beijing continues to modernize its armed forces and reinforce preparations for a possible conflict in the Taiwan Strait, the US Department of Defense said in a report released on Thursday.
Although Taiwan is taking steps to compensate, they only partially address the nation’s declining defensive advantages at a time when China’s official defense budget has grown to about 15 times that of Taiwan, it added.

Much of Beijing’s defense budget is focused on developing the capability to unify Taiwan by force, the report said, adding that “China has never repudiated the use of military force,” despite its advocacy of “peaceful reunification.”

“China’s overall strategy continues to incorporate elements of both persuasion and coercion to hinder the development of polical

political attitudes in Taiwan favoring independence,” the report said.

Against that backdrop, a major reorganization of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) last year “likely affected units responsible for a Taiwan contingency,” the report said. “Concurrently, the PLA continued to develop and deploy increasingly advanced military capabilities intended to coerce Taiwan, signal Chinese resolve and gradually improve capabilities for an invasion.”

These improvements pose major challenges to Taiwan’s security, the report said, adding that “China could pursue a measured approach by signaling its readiness to use force or conduct punitive actions against Taiwan.”

“The PLA could also conduct a more comprehensive and more methodical campaign designed to force Taiwan to capitulate to unification, or unification dialogue, under PRC terms,” it said.

China would also try to deter potential US intervention “in any Taiwan contingency campaign,” the report said. “Failing that, China would attempt to delay intervention and seek victory in an asymmetric, limited war of short duration.”

“In the event of a protracted conflict, China might fight to a standstill and pursue a political settlement,” it added.

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Fri Aug 17, 2018 8:35 pm

China has a stockpile of nearly 2,000 ballistic missiles of all ranges, which pose grave threats to both the U.S. and Taiwan, as they could be used to attack Taiwan in precision strikes that jeopardize and compromise the country’s political and military fortifications as well as its command center, according to the "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2018" report recently released by the Pentagon
As indicated by the "Military and Security Developments Involving the People's Republic of China 2018" report, China boasts 75 to 100 intercontinental ballistic missiles, 16 to 30 intermediate-range ballistic missiles, 200 to 300 medium-range ballistic missiles, and 1,000 to 2,000 short-ranged ballistic missiles, amounting to approximately 2,000 missiles.

https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3508977

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