Taiwan’s navy feels the pressure
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Taiwan’s navy feels the pressure as China rises
Taiwan lives every day with the threat posed by the increasingly capable armed forces of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Taiwanese Navy in particular has to consider both the prospect of a direct attack on the main island and the potential interdiction of its shipping, a critical problem for a country absolutely dependent on imported energy and resources.
This creates a constant tension between capabilities which would prevent or delay an amphibious assault and those required for longer range sea-control operations. There is, for example, a lively debate on the priority which should be given to mine warfare ahead of more expensive precision-guided weapons and targeting systems, and larger ships.
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