Chinese invasion of Taiwan “not easy” due to 3 weaknesses | Taiwan News


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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense (MND) says China’s military will find it very difficult to invade Taiwan due to three main vulnerabilities.

In the MND’s latest assessment, “Strengthening the combat capabilities of the military in response to a major Chinese invasion of Taiwan in 2025,” Deputy Defense Minister Wang Hsin-lung (王信龍) advised lawmakers on Monday (December 13) the details of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) plan of attack on Taiwan, but also its notable weaknesses.

Wang said the PLA Rocket Force and Air Force will fire missiles that will target Taiwan’s air defenses, radar stations and command post. It will also attempt to paralyze Taiwan’s main forces and key military facilities with electromagnetic pulse strikes, deploy troops to Taiwan’s southeast coast, and deploy ships in the western Pacific to prevent interference by other countries.

It will then attempt to conduct rapid, joint landing operations across Taiwan using amphibious dropships, transport planes and helicopters to capture the main island before outside forces can intervene. However, Wang noted that the PLA has three major weaknesses.

First, he said the PLA did not have enough landing equipment to transport enough troops at once to secure territory in Taiwan. Wang said it must instead send the troops in waves, reducing their numerical advantage and exposing them to counterattacks.

He added that the People’s Liberation Army (PLAN) Navy currently lacks enough roll-on-roll-off ships to deploy troops in ports and enough transport planes to land troops in airports. Wang stressed that Taiwan’s military “will defend the ports and airports vigorously and they will not be easy to occupy in a short period of time. Landing operations are extremely risky,” said UDN.

Second, Wang stated that the PLA’s logistical support capabilities are limited. During the PLA’s landing operations, logistical goods such as ammunition, food and medicines must be transported by sea and air across the treacherous cross-strait.

Wang said Taiwan’s armed forces will use the natural defenses of the cross-strait to conduct joint interception operations on Chinese supply ships, which would severely affect the combat effectiveness and continuity of the PLA’s landing forces.

Third, the minister argued that the PLA will not be able to use its full force against Taiwan due to the need to keep troops in reserve with US and Japanese bases nearby. It will also need to keep more troops in reserve to prevent foreign armies from intervening in other areas such as the borders with India, Vietnam and the South China Sea.

Wang concluded that there will be no war in the Taiwan Strait for the remainder of President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) term, which ends in 2024. Taiwan’s Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱 國 æ­£) estimated on October 6 that China will have the ability to launch a “comprehensive invasion” of Taiwan by 2025.

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