Date: May 03, 2015
By: William Lowther / Staff reporter in Washington
Taiwan faces “imminent military threats” from China, and its current defense posture — “compounded by financial constraints” — will soon become obsolete at dealing with the threats, a paper written by former Taiwanese defense minister Andrew Yang (楊念祖) said.
“The military threat from mainland China has remained a daily reality, as Beijing still holds the option to employ the use of force to achieve political unification,” Yang said in the paper published in the Washington-based Jamestown Foundation’s China Brief journal.
Taiwan must create innovative, asymmetric capabilities that “exploit the enemy’s weaknesses” to fend off a surprise attack, Yang wrote.
The US and Taiwan have a shared concern about the strategic and security “game change” in the East China Sea, with Beijing responsible for provoking and escalating tensions, Yang wrote. [FULL STORY]