Win the Urban War in Taiwan

Published by US Naval Institute


The United States and Taiwan should plan a defense strategy centered on defeating China in an urban war - The question of how the United States should defend Taiwan against a Chinese invasion is a pressing one. Taiwan’s position at the heart of the first island chain would make Chinese occupation a pivotal strategic moment. Not only would occupation of Taiwan allow the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) unfettered access to the Pacific, it also would allow China to turn Japan’s southern flank and dominate key sea lines of communication—potentially undercutting the U.S.-Japan alliance....