Naval War College Review


China’s recent military modernization has fundamentally altered Taiwan’s security options. New Chinese submarines, advanced surface-to-air mis- siles, and, especially, short-range ballistic and land-attack cruise missiles have greatly reduced Taiwan’s geographic advantage. Taipei can no longer expect to counter Chinese military strengths in a symmetrical manner, with Patriot inter- ceptors, diesel submarines, surface warships, F-16 fighters, and P-3 maritime pa- trol aircraft.