Taiwan's Security and Air Power: Taiwan's Defense Against the Air Threat from Mainland China / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415323178
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/19/2003
  • Series: Routledge Security in Asia Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
1 Introduction: Taiwan and air power 1
Pt. I Air power and Taiwan's security 7
2 Air power and Taiwan's security 9
3 Ten pointers for Taiwan on contemporary air power 29
Pt. II The balance of air power over the Taiwan Straits 35
4 The shifting balance of air superiority at the Taiwan Strait and its implications on Taiwan's defense planning 37
5 Command of the air over Taiwan 55
Pt. III The air threat from Mainland China 71
6 PLA Air Force mobile offensive operations 73
7 Why a Chinese preemptive strike against Taiwan would fail 89
Pt. IV The air defense of Taiwan 103
8 The air battle strategy in Taiwan's defensive operations 105
9 Joint air and missile defense for Taiwan: implications for deterrence and defense 116
10 Air base defense: Taiwan's defensive responses to China's missile threat 140
Pt. V Taiwan's Air Force and future requirements 153
11 Military culture and air force restructuring 155
12 The ROC Air Force after next: a race to embrace the future 163
Index 187
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