Accession Number:

ADA463311

Title:

The Taiwan Strait: The Race for Sea Control

Descriptive Note:

Research paper

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-02-13

Pagination or Media Count:

34.0

Abstract:

The Peoples Republic of China PRC desires to unify the Republic of China ROC into One China by peaceful means. Recently, the PRCs Anti-Secession Laws warn of armed conflict against the ROC in the event of any move towards independence. The PRC will use the lack of strategic depth and key physical characteristics of the Taiwan Strait to launch a surprise attack in an attempt to reclaim the island nation. PRC military action to subjugate Taiwan will focus on sea control in the Taiwan Strait. Once temporary local sea control in the Taiwan Strait is established, it will be the U.S. Seventh Fleet that will attempt to defeat, deny, and deter the PRCs military forces. Moreover, the ability of the U.S. Seventh Fleet to engage the Peoples Liberation Army Navy PLAN in a battle for sea control is questionable, due to superior numbers of PLAN undersea warfare assets and the Seventh Fleets lack thereof. As a result, the most effective course of action would be a pre-emptive strike on the PRC before they can launch their own, against the ROC.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE