Taiwan’s defense advantages declining: Pentagon report

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/07
By: Rita Cheng and Christie Chen

Washington, June 7 (CNA) China’s decades of military modernization has eroded

(CNA file photo)

many of Taiwan’s historical advantages in deterring People’s Liberation Army (PLA) aggression, the U.S. Department of Defense said in an annual report to Congress on military and security developments involving China.

Those historical advantages include the Taiwan military’s technological superiority, the geographic advantages of island defense, and the PLA’s inability to project sufficient power across the Taiwan Strait, according to the report that was released Tuesday.

“Although Taiwan is taking important steps to build its war reserve stocks, grow its defense-industrial base, improve joint operations and crisis response capabilities, and strengthen its officer and non-commissioned officer corps, these improvements only partially address Taiwan’s declining defensive advantages,” the report said.

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