I agree that anti-tank missiles are important for Taiwan. Unless China was able to establish a total naval blockade and starve Taiwan into submission with no outside interference, it would probably need to land armoured vehicles. Paratroopers and light infantry/marines wouldn't cut it alone, nor would a bombing campaign (one assumes China wouldn't massacre the civilian population by destroying Taiwanese cities). If China established air-superiority, Taiwanese tanks might have a tough time of it, but infantry armed with ATGMs would be a different matter.I disagree that ATGMs are waste of money though. In case there is a landfall they would be quite useful weapons as can be seen from the Syrian conflict.
Both ATGMs and direct fire weapons(tanks) are amongst the most deadly weapons against marines. Especially so when they're at their most vulnerable state, tightly packed and largely defenseless in their landing craft and vehicles.I agree that anti-tank missiles are important for Taiwan. Unless China was able to establish a total naval blockade and starve Taiwan into submission with no outside interference, it would probably need to land armoured vehicles.
At the G-20 summit this week, Chinese President Xi Jinping may
Bullies tend to start fights they think they can win, an important consideration when it comes to deterring Beijing from aggression against Taiwan. Unfortunately, due to China’s massive military mobilization and Washington’s past reluctance to provide sufficient arms to Taiwan, the military balance of power in the Taiwan Strait has shifted in Beijing’s direction — making war there more likely. To begin reducing this risk, Washington would be wise to follow through on delivery of the pending
Based on the hope that economic liberalization would lead to political liberalization, Washington facilitated Beijing’s integration into the global economy. American
These dynamics have been perhaps most pronounced in the Taiwan Strait.
Taiwan is prosperous and democratic, which creates an uncomfortable contrast for the CCP and an object of emulation for its subjects on the mainland. As in
Impatient — and determined to exert control over the island — Beijing has employed political and military means to isolate and intimidate Taiwan. First, Beijing has pressed countries to
More dangerously, due primarily to its extraordinary
The U.S. Defense Department’s Indo-Pacific Strategy Report
Indeed, as demonstrated by an increased number of military exercises near Taiwan, the report warns that the People’s Liberation Army is “
In the past, Taiwan’s superior technology and geography gave Taiwan a military edge when it came to a potential conflict in the strait. However, as the Pentagon
In fact, as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s 2019 report on
Simultaneously, based on an overzealous and counterproductive desire in previous administrations to avoid offending Beijing, Washington has often been reluctant to provide Taiwan the arms it needed. Fearful to not provoke the Chinese, the Obama administration rejected Taiwanese requests for 66 new
Admittedly, America’s arms sales to Taiwan are relatively modest compared to China’s military buildup. However, the failure to provide Taiwan the required weapons exacerbated the shift toward Beijing in the military balance. As a result, across most combat domains, Beijing has
Consequently, there is a risk that Beijing planners and decision-makers might determine they could launch a successful offensive against Taiwan. That perception in Beijing makes aggression in the strait and a war with the United States more likely.
The bipartisan National Defense Strategy Commission
In addition to genuine hard-power concerns, there is also a matter of principle. When an authoritarian power threatens and bullies a democratic people, America is not neutral.
Furthermore, providing Taiwan the means to defend itself is not just consistent with sound policy and good principle — it is the law. The Taiwan Relations Act made clear that the establishment of diplomatic relations with Beijing rested on the expectation that the future of Taiwan would be “determined by peaceful means.” To make this a reality, the law says the U.S. will provide the weapons “necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.”
Admittedly, successive U.S. administrations have interpreted and implemented this rather vague statute differently. However, what seems clear is that Taiwan’s ability to defend itself against an increasingly belligerent and capable military threat from the mainland is in doubt. That would suggest that the current arms package under consideration is not only permissible and advisable under the law, but essential.
The administration deserves credit for expanding
In its report this month, the Pentagon
Those are good words. But in any potential conversation with President Xi this week, President Trump would do well to remember that it will take more than words to deter aggression from the bullies in Beijing.
Big deal, it's written by think tank ronin.
The State Department has approved a possible $2 billion Foreign Military Sale of M1A2T
Congress was notified July 8 of the sale.
TECRO requested to buy 108 of the tanks as well as 122 M2 Chrysler Mount Machine Guns, 216 M240 machine guns, 14 M88A2 HERCULES vehicles, 16 M1070A1 Heavy Equipment Transporters and associated rounds, and communications equipment as well as other systems like smoke grenade launchers.
General Dynamics Land Systems will build the tanks at Anniston Army Depot, Alabama, and at Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima, Ohio.
The M88A2 recovery vehicle will be built by BAE Systems in York, Pennsylvania. Oshkosh will build the HETs.
The possible purchase of the tanks in Tawain has been uncertain over the past several years. Taiwan originally planned to purchase 200 tanks but then, due to budgetary concerns, dropped the planned number to 120.
Then in the fall of 2017, Taiwan appeared to walk back on its plan to buy surplus M1 tanks, deciding instead that it would locally upgrade the M60A3 main battle tanks already in service.
In the summer of 2018, Taiwan then announced its intention to buy 108 of the tanks.
China has condemned Taiwan’s move to buy the American tanks among other U.S. weapons systems like fighter jets.
And China's in the mood to have its engineers open them up and check them out as soon as they land and get into the hangar. And if you think that's a real difficult task of espionage for China, then you don't know the Chinese across both sides of the strait.Hell, I'd se them some F-35's while I was in the mood!