Article in China Brief Prompts Defense Review by Taiwan


Friday, May 21, 2010

Contact: L.C. Russell Hsiao
Editor, China Brief

WASHINGTON, DC (5/21/10) — A recent article published in The Jamestown Foundation publication China Brief was credited by a Taiwanese newspaper as prompting the Taiwanese government to conduct a review of the island’s defense strategy. According to a May 5 report in the Taipei-based newspaper United Daily News, the China Brief article, “Taiwan’s Navy: Able to Deny Command of the Sea?”, published on April 16th, 2010 written by James Holmes and Toshi Yoshihara at the U.S. Naval War College, was reportedly the reason why Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou recently directed the Ministry of National Defense to reevaluate the country’s naval strategy.

The China Brief article is the second installment in a series of articles about the Republic of China Navy (ROCN), or Taiwan Navy, which offered an assessment of the ROCN’s capabilities to undertake the expansive requirements set forth in the “ROC Navy Vision” document and its viability to execute a sea-denial strategy for the defense of Taiwan.

China Brief editor L.C. Russell Hsiao noted that this development was a major achievement for the publication and attests to the range and impact it has on the policymaking community. Published since May 2001 China Brief has a global readership of nearly 8,000 subscribers and is widely read by defense and foreign policy experts around the world, particularly policymakers in the United States.

Founded in 1984, The Jamestown Foundation is an independent, non-partisan research institution dedicated to providing timely information concerning critical political and strategic developments in China, Russia and Eurasia. Jamestown produces three periodic publications: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Terrorism Monitor, and China Brief. Jamestown research and analysis is available to the public free-of-charge via Jamestown’s website,