The relationship between Taiwan and the People's Republic of China is regarded as a very serious potential source of conflict in East Asia, especially now that the questions of Hong Kong and Macau have been settled, and increased democratisation in Taiwan is seen as a threat by mainland China. This book, which brings together leading international scholars of maritime security and also strategic thinkers from within Taiwan itself, examines a wide range of questions concerning Taiwan's perception of the naval threat from mainland China, and how Taiwan's navy and naval strategic thinking is responding, including discussions of the strength of Taiwan's naval forces, mainland China's claims and ambitions in the South China Sea, and the controversial question of Theatre Missile Defence.
'As one of the few studies dealing with this topic, this volume … provides valuable insights and analyses for further inquiry both in the field of military and strategic planning … .' - Journal of Malaysian Studies
Foreword: Taiwan's Dependence on the Sea Introduction: Taiwan's Maritime Security 1. Assessment of the PLA Navy's Modernization 2. The Rise of the PLAN and the Implications for Far East Asian Security 3. China's Strategy toward the South China Sea 4. The Modernization of the People's Liberation Army-Navy (PLAN) and Taiwan's Security 5. The Content And Goals of the ROC Navy's Modernization 6. Assessment of the ROCN Modernization Program: Strategic and Operational Considerations 7. Taiwan's Maritime Strategy and the New Security Environment 8. Missile Defense at Sea: Options for Taiwan 9. Taiwanese Shipbuilding Capabilities 10. Conclusion: A Comprehensive Assessment of Taiwan's Sea Power