EVOLVING GROUND FORCE THREAT TO TAIWAN

Publication: China Brief Volume: 3 Issue: 5

By Richard D. Fisher, Jr.

The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian has a number of sound strategic and political reasons for trying to shift its previous army-dominated defense priorities to a new emphasis on joint-forces approaches that stress missile, air and naval defenses. However, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is complicating this transition by developing new ground force threats to Taiwan that, in turn, require Taipei to give added attention to the modernization needs of its army.

CHALLENGING TAIWAN’S ARMY