East Asia Watch

Taiwan's narrowing defence options

As Chinese pressure grows, Taiwan is shifting to asymmetric responses. The question is: Will the US come to its aid?

China's military pressure on Taiwan has been mounting, particularly in recent months as ties between the self-ruled island and the United States have strengthened and Sino-US relations have soured.

Last month, over two days, nearly 40 Chinese military aircraft crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait, the unofficial border between the two sides, as US Undersecretary of State Keith Krach was visiting Taipei. Chinese nationalistic tabloid Global Times wrote that these drills "are not a warning, but a rehearsal for a Taiwan takeover".

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 06, 2020, with the headline 'Taiwan's narrowing defence options'. Subscribe