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The Case for Submarines

Taiwan has an obvious and ongoing need to field a modern and capable navy. Taiwan’s current navy is of a high caliber, and through the foreign military sales system Taiwan has procured ships both from the United States and from France. Nevertheless, the challenges faced by the Taiwan Navy have increased dramatically over the years, …

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The PLA Threat

China sees de jure independence for Taiwan as a prime national security threat, and Chinese military policies have long been characterized as primarily intended to prepare for contingencies involving Taiwan.

Since the end of the Cold War, the PLA has been internalizing and applying lessons of contemporary warfare, in particular from what it believes is …

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The Case for F-16s

Introduction

Since 2006, the Taiwan government has attempted to submit a Letter of Request (LOR) to the United States, asking to purchase 66 new F-16 C/Ds to replace its aging Vietnam War-era F-5s and its Mirage 2000s. On three separate occasions between 2006 and 2008, the U.S. government refused to accept the LOR and to …

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