Taiwan’s armed forces or the People’s Liberation Army is no longer considered only an imaginary enemy targeting the South China Sea
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one day, if the Taiwan military’s People’s Liberation Army no longer be regarded as only an imaginary enemy, its guiding ideology and even the organizational structure, have to be an inevitable transformation.
in the past week, Taiwan, Diaoyu carrying five-star red flag cruise to the Diaoyu Islands, affecting the nerves of the cross-strait media, but also to the outside world to defend the possibility of maritime rights and interests on the two sides at the official level, multi- the sort of expectations. The island of Taiwan some people believe that if the People’s Liberation Army will no longer be only an imaginary enemy “of Taiwan’s armed forces, the latter guiding ideology and even the organizational structure will be undergoing profound changes, in Taiwan, is the Asia-Pacific defense magazine recently printed paper discusses the issues.
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Taiwan over the years, with a larger space to explore the army planning, it is mainly According to Taiwan’s strategic environment, envision the possible types of war and the impact of Taiwan’s security, then integration using the overall defense resources in a planned, step by step as scheduled, such as texture of the new weapons and equipment, whereby the establishment of reliable armed force.
not difficult to see the judgment of the “potential threat” is an important factor to affect Taiwan’s army building and planning. The future of Taiwan military enemy of the People’s Liberation Army turned to neighboring Japan or Southeast Asia, means that the original force reorganization and building plans to the most reinvent the wheel. Asia-Pacific defense pointed out that if Japan or Vietnam to become the “main enemy”, is based in the navy and air force and marine resources, the battle for the future of Taiwan to face in the form of armed conflict. With the shift of the imaginary enemy, the other troops, battlefield environment will change the traditional “air defense, sea and anti-landing defense system, is bound to undergo a major revamp.
Diaoyu Islands waters, for example, a possible outbreak of disturbances of Taiwan during the day nothing more than a territorial dispute and fisheries disputes. Now, Taiwan’s maritime law enforcement unit as the “Coast Guard”, compared with their rivals – the Japan Coast Guard ships tonnage or number suffer. Ma Ying-jeou authorities have declared to put the funds to build a large Coast Guard vessels, and Taiwan, “Coast Guard” a higher strength is still hard and the Japan Coast Guard, if necessary, the Taiwan military to play a “force backing the role seems inevitable.
to strengthen the surveillance of Japanese planes and ships of the Diaoyu Islands waters, Taiwan’s navy procurement of long-range maritime patrol aircraft and even unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. Another thing to enhance rapid response capacity, escalation of the conflict can be immediately dispatched to protect the Coast Guard ships to defend the “sovereignty”.
to defend the South China Sea need innovative thinking
As for the South China Sea, Taiwan should first strengthen the defense of the Taiping Island. Although the island has been the airport, but the distance involved and the limited capacity of the Taiwan military air transport, if something happens slow urgent, it should be considered to mimic the U.S. military, civilian vessels in pre-storage of arms and ammunition in the sensitive period of potential conflict in the Pacific The waters near the island first entered the cargo ship loaded ammunition.
Taiping Island area is small, the number of troops and the deployment of weapons have been very limited, if the war to expand, you must send more troops to rush to the rescue, none other than play in this regard the important task of the Marine Corps. Asia-Pacific defense, “said Taiwan if the self-made or the introduction of helicopters and landing craft, amphibious assault ship, to meet the mission requirements; if to secure a VTOL aircraft, regardless of the amphibious assault ship equipped with, or, if necessary directly landing in the Pacific Island can be a substantial increase in defense capabilities in the South China Sea.
the face of the Diaoyu Islands and the South China Sea sea flashpoints limited Taiwan’s military budget must be tilted to a specific unit. In other words, Taiwan’s armed forces on land, sea and air forces of the investment ratio must be adjusted, like anti-landing with the main battle tanks and AH-64D Apache helicopter gunships of the procurement plan, it is necessary to re-examine.
take the elite route goodwill
The Asia-Pacific defense “that Ma Ying-jeou took office, the claims of two sides to establish” military mutual trust mechanism, since the effect is not obvious. To get the Chinese mainland real sense of its own goodwill, Taiwan authorities should further strategic thinking, adjustment of the force structure and combat training mode, to convey the information itself is no longer deemed to be the People’s Liberation Army “main enemy”.
Taiwan’s armed forces need to be strengthened under the new situation of air and sea forces can be taken to avoid doubt caused by the Chinese mainland, “the total reduced the combat upgrade” approach. For example, the procurement of US-made F-16C/D fighters, “Phoenix Falcon project” if carried out smoothly, training dozens of F-5E/F old fighter can be eliminated, will turn some current IDF seater fighter into the trainer, so that the number of Taiwan’s air force fighters to no increase in overall combat effectiveness dramatically. Another one of the more radical ideas, is a retired old fighter at the same time, will be purchased from France, “Phantom” -2000 fighter in full archive, which simplifies the Taiwan Air Force’s main fighter plane into the F-16 and IDF two kinds, significantly reduces the logistical burden .
As for Taiwan’s self-made or purchased dock landing ship, the procurement of large helicopters, landing craft air cushion or VTOL fighter project, the official should be emphasized is used to support the South China Sea defense or replacement of old, the Chinese mainland. there is no targeted. Facelift new equipment, the forces of scale and ability to respond to the Marines remote delivery to the next level.
Asia-Pacific defense suggested that the two sides of the strait through non-governmental think tanks, first explore the possible modes of cooperation in the Diaoyu Islands and the South China Sea, including resource development, rescue, fishing protection, including the event of a conflict common ground. Interests in this first, put aside the controversy of “sovereignty” under the premise of the two sides may be in the table of military mutual trust mechanism “consultations separately to establish a second communication channel based on” common interests “, and even reached some form of military understanding.
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