Deterring a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan

Source: Cato Institute
by Eric Gomez

“Taiwan’s best military strategy for deterring a Chinese invasion is one that relies on asymmetric defense to prevail in two critical operations: surviving a conventional strike campaign and denying amphibious forces from establishing a beachhead or capturing a logistics hub like a port. … Taiwan should prioritize asymmetric defense because it is the strategy that can best offset the PLA’s advantages. Mobile anti‐​ship and anti‐​air capabilities with large stockpiles of munitions are the most critical kinds of capabilities for Taiwan to build up. Unmanned vehicles of all ranges and sizes, especially those that can be operated with a small logistics footprint, are essential for conducting battlefield reconnaissance and attacking ground forces.” (02/12/24)