Experts doubt China’s ability to launch assault on Taiwan

South China Morning Post
Date: 12 May, 2019 
By: Kristin Huang

  • US report outlines potential military options Beijing may be considering to fulfil its unification ambitions
  • But questions remain over Chinese amphibious landing capability which would be crucial to any operation

Beijing is gearing up its efforts to reunify the self-ruled island of Taiwan, but might lack the core assault landing capabilities to conquer the island, military experts said.

The assessment follows an annual report to the US Congress saying China was likely to be preparing for a contingency to unify Taiwan by force, while simultaneously deterring, delaying, or denying any third-party intervention on the island’s behalf.

The 136-page report, “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2019”, was released last week and listed a number of options, including a blockade to cut off Taiwan’s imports accompanied by large-scale missile strikes and the occupation of offshore islands like Quemoy (also known as Kinmen) and Matsu.

An air and missile attack might aim to destroy important military and communications infrastructure, while a full-scale invasion might start at northern or southern points along the west coast, according to the Pentagon report.    [FULL  STORY]

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