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.
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