Two studies list ways Taiwan could win in a war against China
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The magazine Foreign Policy yesterday presented key points from two recent studies which demonstrated ways in which Taiwan could successfully repel an invasion by China.
In an article posted yesterday (Sept. 25), Foreign Policy drew from a research paper written by Michael Beckley, a political scientist at Tufts University, and the book “The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan’s Defense and American Strategy in Asia,” by Ian Easton, a fellow at the Project 2049 Institute. The magazine concludes that based on this research, the worst nightmare for Chinese commanders is being forced to fight a Taiwanese “enemy that is better trained, better motivated, and better prepared for the rigors of warfare than troops the PLA could throw against them.”
The article first presents the rosy, best-case scenario for the PLA in which massive waves of missile strikes take out all strategic positions and assassinations of key political leaders lays the groundwork for the smooth execution of the largest amphibious invasion seen in the history of the world. However, the biggest flaw in this plan is that it would depend entirely on the element of surprise and a glacially slow response by the U.S. and Japan, which in the modern digital communication age is highly unlikely. [FULL STORY]