Taiwan military



If Attacked, Would Taiwan Fight?

The Diplomat’s J. Michael Cole challenges the assumption that a  majority of Taiwanese would choose not to fight if China attacked their country, writing that Taiwan’s unique national identity would likely trump any...

China Warns U.S. Against Selling F-16s to Taiwan

A senior Chinese official has warned of greater consequences if the U.S. continues to sell arms to Taiwan, the New York Times reports: The official, Huang Xueping, a spokesman for the Ministry of National Defense, warned the...

Obama in No-win Situation over Taiwan Arms Sale

From the Foreign Policy: The United States and China have resumed military-to-military relations and are going full speed ahead, but the reforged ties are delicate, the U.S. military’s top commander in the Pacific said...

Taiwan To Cut Troops Amid Warming China Ties

From AP: Taiwan’s military will proceed with a plan to slash the number of troops as relations with China improve and modern weapons technologies are introduced, an official said Monday. The Defense Ministry will cut the...

China Cancels Military Contacts With US In Protest

From AP: China has abruptly canceled a series of military and diplomatic contacts with the United States to protest a planned $6.5 billion package of U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, American officials told The Associated Press on...

China Warns U.S. on its Arms Deal with Taiwan

The Chinese government has condemned a plan by the U.S. to sell $6 billion in advanced weapons to Taiwan. From the International Herald Tribune: Among the weapons proposed for sale were $3.1 billion in Patriot Advanced...

Taiwan Arms Nearly Secured, Motives Not

Following an earlier post on the pending status of a major U.S.-Taiwan arms sale, AFP reports: The Pentagon notified Congress Friday of 6.5 billion dollars in possible arms sales to Taiwan that would include advanced interceptor...

Bush Should Keep His Word on Taiwan

Written by Dan Blumenthal, Aaron Friedberg, Randall Schriver and Ashley J. Tellis, from Wall Street Journal: In 2001, President Bush made a bold and principled decision to offer Taiwan a range of military equipment for its...

Taiwan To Stage War Game Against Chinese Attack

From AP: Taiwan will go ahead with its annual war games to prepare for a possible Chinese attack, the military said Tuesday, despite the recent warming in relations with Beijing. The military drill will feature live-fire air and...

Taiwan Ends Modest Military Drill as China Ties Warm

From Reuters: Taiwan quietly wrapped up a week of computer-simulated military exercises on Friday, keeping the annual island-wide training event low-key this year as relations improve with its old rival, China. Military...

China-Taiwan Flight Deal Marks Further Thaw In Ties

From The Christian Science Monitor: Taiwan and China sealed a deal on cross-strait charter flights and tourism Friday in Beijing, in the first formal talks between the two sides in nearly a decade. The deal comes amid a rapid...

Half Taiwan Armed Forces Expect War – Elite Reference

Translated by CDT from Elite Reference (青年参考): In a Taiwan Defense Department report to its Legislative Yuan on Taiwanese armed forces’ combat morale level on December 12, more than half of the island’s military officials and soldiers say a war across the straits is likely, a sharp increase over the 17% who thought so before […]



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