Taiwan to boost ‘invasion’ defenses with US weapons

Cruise missiles and naval mines eyed as Taiwan plans cost-effective, lethal deterrent to a potential attack from China

Asia Times
Date: August 14, 2020
By: Dave Makichuk

Taiwanese military officials believe that naval mines could help deter Chinese invasion forces, specifically the Type 05 assault vehicle. Credit: National Interest.

If China is bent on invading Taiwan, then let it be “painful.”

At least, that’s Taiwan’s view of things, as it works with the US on strengthening its asymmetric warfare capabilities against Xi Jinping’s sabre rattling, Taiwan News reported.

Think cruise missiles and naval mines — all things to help deter an invasion by China’s military, said Taiwan’s Representative to the US, Hsiao Bi-khim.

During a video conference hosted by the Hudson Institute and Center for American Progress on Wednesday, Hsiao was asked to elaborate on Taiwan’s plans to develop its asymmetric capabilities, Taiwan News reported.

Hsiao responded by saying that the cornerstone of Taiwan’s defense is its asymmetric capabilities, which she defined as “cost-effective but lethal enough to become deterrents, to make any consideration of an invasion very painful.”    [FULL  STORY]

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