Cover: New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Security

New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Security

Published Mar 30, 2011

by Roger Cliff, Phillip C. Saunders, Scott W. Harold


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On November 7, 2009, the RAND Corporation, the Institute for National Strategic Studies at National Defense University, and the Council for Advanced Policy Studies in Taipei held the conference "Cross-Strait Relations: New Opportunities and Challenges for Taiwan's Security," which brought together leading experts on political and military issues from both the United States and Taiwan. The goal was to consider how a range of political, economic, and military factors are likely to shape Taiwan's security over the coming decade. The conference featured panels on the implications of recent improvements in relations between Taiwan and mainland China, the potential role of confidence-building measures in improving cross-Strait stability and security, the effect of changes in the military balance on cross-Strait relations, and longer-term (five to ten or more years in the future) challenges to security in the Taiwan Strait and possible responses to those challenges. The panelists' papers, presented in these proceedings, included examinations of current cross-State tensions and the feasibility of confidence-building measures, U.S.-Taiwan and U.S.-China relations, political change and military capabilities in Taiwan and China, deepened cross-Strait rapprochement, and challenges to Taiwan's defense program and potential Chinese military operations in the Strait.

The research described in this report was conducted within the RAND National Defense Research Institute, a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified Combatant Commands, the Navy, the Marine Corps, the defense agencies, and the defense Intelligence Community.

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