A Question of Balance
Political Context and Military Aspects of the China-Taiwan Dispute
The relationship between China and Taiwan is more stable in 2009 than it has been in years, but China has nonetheless not renounced its “right” to use force to forestall Taiwan's “independence”. At the same time, the cross-strait military balance is shifting in ways that are problematic for Taiwan's defense: The growing size and quality of China's missile arsenal, along with other advances in Chinese military capabilities, call into question the United States' and Taiwan's ability to defend the island against a large-scale Chinese attack. In this volume, the authors employ a mix of theater-level combat modeling, simpler mathematical models, historical analysis, interviews with experts, and qualitative judgment to evaluate both the China-Taiwan political dynamic and the cross-strait military balance. Shlapak et al. conclude with a discussion of how Taiwan might be successfully defended against a Chinese invasion attempt.
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Changing Cross-Strait Political Dynamics
Missiles over the Strait: China's Short-Range Ballistic Missile Force
Assessing the Air War
The Ultimate Roll of the Dice: A Chinese Invasion of Taiwan
Implications, Conclusions, and Considerations
Missile Attacks on Economic Targets on Taiwan
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