Saturday, September 10, 2011

Beijing’s “carrot and stick” approach

l  Cross-Strait military situation continued to be a hot issue in Taiwan following the recent release of an assessment report on the Chinese military by the US Department of Defense (DOD).

l  The report identified that Taiwan remained the “main strategic direction” for the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) as it continued its modernization programs. Moreover, the Pentagon believed that China still posed a security threat to Taiwan despite reduced tension and improved relations.

l  More importantly, the PLA has been developing capabilities intended to “deter, delay, or deny” any assistance by a third country, in the event of a Taiwan Strait contingency.

l  Maintaining a strong military force that is capable of: (1) withstand a first strike, and (2) keep the enemy engaged until allied forces arrive remains one of the few policies that enjoys cross-partisan support in Taiwan.

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