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Dire strait? : military aspects of the China-Taiwan confrontation and options for U.S. policy
Shlapak, David A.
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Publication Information:
Santa Monica, CA : Rand, 2000.
Physical Description:
xxiv, 87 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation."

"National Security Research Division."

"MR-1217-SRF"--P. [4] of cover.
Reading Level:
1520 Lexile.
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UA853.T28 S55 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Among the hottest flashpoints in the world today, the Taiwan Strait cannot be ignored by U.S. policymakers and diplomats. China regularly rattles its saber to intimidate Taiwan and influence U.S. policy but has thus far stopped short of overt military action. This report analyzes the steps Taiwan should take to bolster the odds in its favor should a conflict with the mainland occur and describes how the United States can most effectivelycontribute in both peace and crisis. The authors conclude that the United States and Taiwan can take a number of fairly simple and relatively inexpensive measures--including hardening air bases and other facilities and upgrading the air defense command and control system--that would significantly enhance Taiwan's ability to defend itself against a large-scale Chinese attack.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xxiii
Abbreviationsp. xxv
Chapter 1 Introductionp. 1
Chapter 2 Scenario and Approachp. 7
Chapter 3 Issues and Implicationsp. 31
Chapter 4 Recommendations and Concluding Remarksp. 47
Appendix A Some Thoughts on the PRC Missile Threat to Taiwanp. 59
Appendix B Overview of the Jicmp. 63
Referencesp. 85