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Taiwan's Security and Air Power
Taiwan's Defense Against the Air Threat from Mainland China

ISBN 9781138371200
Published August 14, 2018 by Routledge
216 Pages

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Book Description

Recent concern about mainland China's intentions towards Taiwan, and more general concern about the risk of instability in the region, has led to growing interest in Taiwan's military strategy. This book brings together a range of experts from the West and from Taiwan itself who examine the key issues connected with Taiwan's air power, which is a key aspect of the China-Taiwan military balance. During the 1990s, Taiwan invested considerable resources in thoroughly re-equipping its air force with modern air defence and strike aircraft equipped with modern missiles, thereby denying China command of the air in any conflict in the short- to medium-term. In the longer-term, air power will remain a crucial influence on the overall balance, as China's efforts to upgrade its own air force's capabilities begin to undermine Taiwan's current advantages.

Table of Contents

Foreword  Preface: The Challenges and Imperatives in Taiwan's Defense  Introduction  1. Air Power and Taiwan's Security  2. Ten Pointers for Taiwan on Contemporary Air Power  3. The Shifting Balance of Air Superiority across the Taiwan Strait  4. Command of the Air over Taiwan  5. The PLA Air Force's Mobile Offensive Operations  6. Why a Chinese Preemptive Strike would Fail  7. The Air Battle Strategy in Taiwan's Defensive Operations  8. Joint Air and Missile Defense for Taiwan: Implications for deterrence and defense  9. Air Base Defense: Chinese Missile Attacks and Taiwan's Defensive Response  10. The ROCAF Military Culture and Restructuring  11. The ROCAF after Next: A Race to embrace the Future


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Martin Edmonds is Professorial Fellow and Director of the Centre for Defense and International Security Studies at Lancaster University. He is also founding Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Defense and Security Analysis and co-Director of the Lancaster and York Universities Defense Research Institute
Michael M. Tsai is currently the Depute Taipei Representative in Washington DC with specific responsibility for Taiwan's relations with the US Department of Defense and the US Armed Forces. A member of the DPP, he served as a Legislator in the Legislative Yuan, when he also served as adviser to the Organizational Planning Committee of the Ministry of National Defense. He is the publisher of Taiwan Defense Affairs and founder of the Institute for Taiwan Defense and Strategic Studies.