Defending Taiwan seen as crucial

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 11, 2016
By: William Lowther / Staff reporter in WASHINGTON

Washington’s need to defend Taiwan from a Chinese attack is greater today than it was 30 years ago, a leading US military strategist said on Tuesday.

“Taiwan is everything we preach about — it is what we want other countries to be,” said Thomas McNaugher, director of studies at Georgetown University’s Center for Security Studies.

Invading Taiwan would be an “extremely dicey” operation, McNaugher told an Atlantic Council discussion titled “Conflict in the Taiwan Strait?”

Amphibious assaults are very tough and China does not have any particular experience in that area, he said.

Rather than a direct attack, Beijing might try a blockade if it decided to force unification, he said.     [FULL  STORY]

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