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A demonstrator holds flags of Taiwan and the United States in support of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during an stop-over after her visit to Latin America in Burlingame, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/File Photo Image: Reuters/Stephen Lam
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Taiwan says it will discuss with U.S. how to use new funding

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Taiwan's defense ministry said on Sunday it will discuss with the United States how to use funding for the island included in a $95 billion legislative package mostly providing security assistance to Ukraine and Israel.

The United States is Taiwan's most important international supporter and arms supplier despite the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

Democratically governed Taiwan has faced increased military pressure from China, which views the island as its own territory. Taiwan's government rejects those claims.

The defense ministry expressed thanks to the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the package on Saturday, saying it demonstrated the "rock solid" U.S. support for Taiwan.

The ministry added it "will coordinate the relevant budget uses with the United States through existing exchange mechanisms, and work hard to strengthen combat readiness capabilities to ensure national security and peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait".

Taiwan has since 2022 complained of delays in deliveries of U.S. weapons such as Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, as manufacturers focused on supplying Ukraine to help the country battle invading Russian forces.

Underscoring the pressure Taiwan faces from China, the ministry said on Sunday morning that over the previous 24 hours 14 Chinese military aircraft had crossed the sensitive median line of the Taiwan Strait.

The median line once served as an unofficial border between the two sides over which neither sides' military crossed, but China's air force now regularly sends aircraft over it. China says it does not recognize the line's existence.

On Saturday, Taiwan's defense ministry said China had again carried out "joint combat readiness patrols" with Chinese warships and warplanes around Taiwan.

China's defence ministry did not answer calls seeking comment outside of office hours on Sunday.

The island's armed forces are dwarfed by those of China's, especially the navy and air force.

© (Thomson Reuters 2024.

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Aside from the obvious air defense, a huge armada of Ukrainian-style sea drones would be extremely effective. They have proved deadly against the previously well-regarded Russian Black Sea fleet.

https://www.thedefensepost.com/2024/03/12/taiwan-military-sea-drones/

AlternativeOpinionToday 02:01 pm JST

Let's be real, Taiwan will not be able to stop an invasion

Really?

To invade, China would have to get past mines, submarines, sea drones, air drones, surface ships, fighters, bombers, ground-based missiles, electronic warfare, and -- if they miraculously managed to cross the 180km Strait somewhat intact -- physical and human landing defenses. And all this would be backed by the planet's most powerful military (still the US easily, despite China's recent efforts), very probably with back-up/logistical/basing support from Japan and the Philippines.

Oh, and China would have to contend with a wrecked economy, as the rest of the free world would sanction it into oblivion.

Xi would have to be utterly insane to invade. Unfortunately, he may well be.

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Taiwan is China.

biden said so.

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BlacklabelToday 02:21 pm JST

Taiwan is China.

biden said so.

He's required to say so to check the box with Peking, as Trump will be. He also said he will militarily defend Taiwan. Will we get a similar statement out of the orange blob?

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AlternativeOpinionToday 02:01 pm JST

Let's be real, Taiwan will not be able to stop an invasion, but they can stop an occupation.

They can stop an invasion from succeeding with help from the US.

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Taiwan needs to essentially prepare for ground combat. The youth need to be trained on rifles and there needs to be mobile artillery throughout the island. The US will have to take out the PRC Navy and Air Force.

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They should probably buy a lot of those surface naval drones the Ukrainians have used to sink so many Russian warships in the Black Sea. Swarms of those would probably wreak havoc on a Chinese invasion fleet.

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BlacklabelToday 02:21 pm JST

Taiwan is China.

biden said so.

Sorry, but no.

US policy only acknowledges China's claim: it doesn't endorse it, and it certainly doesn't say "Taiwan is China."

The US has a long-standing policy of strategic ambiguity, but Biden has said several times now that the US would defend Taiwan. Once may have been a slip of the tongue, but not repeatedly.

Such conversations will be well advanced with Japan and the Philippines, at least.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

They should make a few nukes.

-4 ( +2 / -6 )

Any threat of Invasion from the Government of China, will make a war not only regional but globally inevitable.

To quote....The Taiwan Strait is a key shipping route, with almost half of the global container fleet and 88% of the world's largest ships by tonnage passing through it. While access to Taiwanese ports is not dependent on passage through the strait, entry to ports in Hong Kong and northern China often is.”

That is before the Government of China claims to almost all of the East and South China Seas.

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It would be great if Taiwan strengthened its defense so that China would no longer be able to touch it. If an emergency were to occur in the Taiwan Strait, at least the United States, Japan, China, and South Korea would be involved.

The US military may not be moving in preparation for that, but now that the conflict in Israel is intensifying, can the US, which supports Ukraine and Israel, support Taiwan as well? This also causes anxiety.

Unfortunately, in order to counter China's military power, Taiwan will need to strengthen its military power against the backdrop of American military power.

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

The US has failed to provide marine ,with basis military clothing,too the point where my marine are wearing mismatched uniform while in training exercises,maybe they should outsource the contract too the Chinese

-9 ( +1 / -10 )

Simple, Give It back to the people sleeping on the streets in America.

-8 ( +1 / -9 )

The US - free Taiwan's biggest supporter militarily and economically - will always have Taiwan's back. As will Japan.

Communist China - and their supporters - can go pound sand. You are on the bad side of history.

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@Agent_Neo

United States, Japan, China, and South Korea would be involved.

Korea, no.

Japan, no. Heck, Japan won't even let the US launch intervention from Okinawa. Why? Providing base of operation is same as directly participating in the conflict, which makes Japan a legal enemy combatant for China under the international law and make all strikes on Japan legal, including SDF bases, Defense Ministry, and Prime Minister's Office in Tokyo.

Since Japan will sit out of the Taiwan War, all US has left are a dozen nuclear attack submarines, 3 CBGs max, and bombers flying out of Guam, that's it. Taiwan is obviously indefensible for the US due to lack of operational bases near by.

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Samit BasuToday 01:12 am JST

Since Japan will sit out of the Taiwan War, all US has left are a dozen nuclear attack submarines, 3 CBGs max, and bombers flying out of Guam, that's it. Taiwan is obviously indefensible for the US due to lack of operational bases near by.

You forget the thousands of long range JASSM-ER missiles we have in an anti-ship role. The Navy will just be there to clean up what is left.

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Taiwan has little agency here. ROC would have been RIP long ago without the intervention of USA forces.

GDP (nominal)

China $18.5 trillion

Taiwan $800 billion

Population

China 1.4 billion

Taiwan 24 million

It's a shark vs. minnow situation. This is why ROC spends less than 2% of its GDP on the military.

It would be great if Taiwan strengthened its defense so that China would no longer be able to touch it

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deanzaZZRToday 02:20 am JST

Taiwan has little agency here. ROC would have been RIP long ago without the intervention of USA forces.

GDP (nominal)

China $18.5 trillion

Taiwan $800 billion

Population

China 1.4 billion

Taiwan 24 million

It's a shark vs. minnow situation. This is why ROC spends less than 2% of its GDP on the military.

Nothing wrong with a minnow allying with a bigger shark.

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Samit BasuToday 01:12 am JST

Taiwan is obviously indefensible for the US due to lack of operational bases near by.

I wouldn't assume the US hasn't planned for being able to conduct the war from Guam and Hawaii. The PRC has to blockade the whole island so they won't be able to hide near their coast. Then we have the fact that Japan cannot prevent the US "removing" its forces from Japan, possibly directly into combat.

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I wouldn't assume the US hasn't planned for being able to conduct the war from Guam and Hawaii. The PRC has to blockade the whole island so they won't be able to hide near their coast. Then we have the fact that Japan cannot prevent the US "removing" its forces from Japan, possibly directly into combat.

Um I guess you are not aware the US is rebuilding the old Army AIr Corps air base on Tinian, and is looking at using some of the other long abandoned WWII era island air bases, or the several bases the US is helping the Philippines build up in North Luzon. It appears you are also not following developments in the US Marine Corps and specifically their new Littoral Regiments and how they plan to fight.

The US is expanding its bases so the US can disperse its forces and make them harder to hit, and is planning to fight from small islands close to Taiwan and all along the First Island Chain in order to keep the PLAN west of those islands so they can't blockade Taiwan.

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@Desert Tortoise

planning to fight from small islands close to Taiwan

There are no small islands near Taiwan available to the US military.

Mark my words, Japan and the Philippines will not allow the US to launch military intervention from their territory.

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@TaiwanIsNotChina

Doubtful they could prevent it, if the equipment and troops are already there.

They absolutely can deny the US. This is about dragging the Philippines and Japan into war against their sovereign rights. Merely providing bases to launch intervention is an act of war, this is why Poland was so sensitive about transferring Mig-29 jets to Ukraine from their soil, and demanded that the Mig-29s be picked up from Germany instead.

Since Okinawa and the Philippines will be unavailable to the US, available assets to the US are limited to nuclear attack submarines, 3 CBGs, and bombers based in Guam, that's all.

The US can't stop the PLA invasion by 1 million troops with meager assets like that.

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