Anatomy of a Taiwan Invasion Part 2: Missile and Naval Domains

This is part 2 of a three-part series considering the way in which a Taiwan invasion may be conducted. Part 1 set the political basis and military parameters and timeline for such a contingency, stating a late 2019 onset of conflict. The air domain of the conflict was also discussed, arguing that Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) fighter forces and Republic of China Armed Forces (ROCArF) air defenses and early warning systems would likely suffer significant early losses and disadvantages in terms of situational awareness, fighter sortie rates, and…

India should bolster Taiwan ties to frustrate…

In 2014-15, both India and Taiwan elected new leaders, projected as harbingers of change, to overhaul their respective economies and international standing. With China challenging India’s position in South Asia and the Indian Ocean, New Delhi has altered its “Look East” policy to “Act East” policy to counter China’s influence. Concurrently, to shed its dependence on China, Taiwan formulated the “New Southbound Policy” focusing on Southeast Asia and India for partnerships. This infused a new vibrancy in India-Taiwan relations and invited strong reactions from Beijing. India…

China Conducts Military Drills Involving Long-Range Bombers Near Taiwan, Japan

Chinese military aircraft flew over the Bashi Channel and Miyako Strait on April 15 as part of a military exercise. The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) conducted a long-range military drill involving Xian H-6K bombers, a Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control (AWAC) aircraft, a Shaanxi Y-9JB (GX-8) electronic warfare and surveillance plane, as well as Su-30 and J-11 fighter jets near Taiwan and Japan on April 15. The PLAAF aircraft reportedly passed through the Bashi Channel, a strategically pivotal waterway between the Philippines and the Taiwanese island…

China Trains for ‘Winning Battles’ in Taiwan, U.S. Views It As ‘Threat’

China’s armed forces have launched air and naval drills in the disputed waters of the Taiwan Strait, where the United States criticized what it perceived as a provocation against a Pacific partner. In a statement published Monday, Eastern Theater Command spokesperson Senior Colonel Zhang Chunhui announced the People’s Liberation Army had “recently dispatched its naval and air forces, including ships, bombers and reconnaissance aircraft, to cruise around the Taiwan island and conduct necessary training and drills, testing the capability of multi-service integrated joint operations.” He said the maneuver is “a…

Opinion | US warships and PLA jets: what’s really behind the Taiwan Strait provocations between China and the US – South China Morning Post

Opinion | US warships and PLA jets: what’s really behind the Taiwan Strait provocations between China and the US  South China Morning Post Two Chinese jets crossed into Taiwan’s airspace last month as a warning aimed at the US, ratcheting up tension over a US-China dispute that boils down to their … Source link

China is pushing back against Taiwan for these three reasons

Chinese naval officers wait dockside as a Chinese naval warship escorting the USS Curtis Wilbur arrives on Sept. 13, 2005, in Qingdao, in Shandong province. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images) On March 31, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that two Chinese Air Force (PLAAF) J-11 jets crossed the median line of the Taiwan Strait. This violated the long-held tacit agreement between China and Taiwan that neither side should cross the median line. Taiwan deemed this “an intentional, reckless & provocative action,” which triggered “a 10-minute standoff” in the air. As…

Explained: Why Taiwan Needs New Submarines to Deter China

New submarines for Taiwan? Yes, please! Submarine construction is poised to become a reality now that Washington has lifted restrictions that once prohibited exports of equipment to outfit or arm Taiwanese boats. It appears indigenous builders will construct the hulls—eight is the number bruited about—while foreign partners will supply the sensors, combat systems, and weapons along with technical advice. A vibrant undersea fleet would pay political and strategic dividends that the current contingent of two aging and two positively elderly boats could never yield. It only makes sense for Taiwan…

Escalations in Taiwan, Deterrence in the South China Sea and a Landmark Ruling From the WTO

On the Record This is no time to joke around. Being a president and commander in chief is not a game. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, on comedian, actorand leading presidential contender Volodymyr Zelenskiy On Our Radar Taiwan Provocations in Play. We’ll be watching the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act on April 10 to see whether the Trump administration decides to use the symbolic occasion to dispatch a Cabinet-level official to Taipei. This would add to a series of escalatory moves by the United States and China, including the…

U.S. Choosing ‘Wrong Place, Time and Opponent to Flex Its Muscle in Taiwan,’ China State Media Warns

A Chinese state-backed newspaper has issued a stern warning to the U.S. over its stance on Taiwan, cautioning Washington that Beijing will not hesitate to act to protect its core interests. The threat was issued in a Global Times op-ed published Tuesday. On Sunday, two Chinese fighter jets crossed over the “middle line” between China and Taiwan, prompting protests from both Taipei and Washington. But the Global Times op-ed called such criticism “ridiculous,” accusing the U.S. and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen of “continuously breaking the status quo in the Taiwan…