TO TAKE TAIWAN, FIRST KILL A CARRIER

Publication: China Brief Volume: 2 Issue: 14

By Richard D. Fisher, Jr.

China’s communist leadership has long anticipated that to militarily subdue democratic Taiwan it will first need to win a battle against the United States. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is now preparing for one specific, and key, battle. It is developing methods to disable or sink American aircraft carriers and gathering the specific force packages to do so. With such a strike, Beijing hopes to quickly terminate American involvement in a Taiwan War.

SHIFTING PRIORITIES