Taiwanese military strategists need to improve their ability to resist “any sort of amphibious invasion” from mainland China, according to President Trump’s national security adviser.
“Taiwan needs to start looking at some asymmetric and anti-access area denial strategies,” Robert O’Brien said during a teleforum with the Aspen Institute. “And really fortify itself in a manner that would deter the Chinese from any sort of amphibious invasion or even a gray zone operation against them.”
O’Brien’s exhortation comes just days after State Department officials alerted Congress to a plan to sell Taiwan a $2 billion package of coastal defense cruise missiles. That sale still has to go through a congressional review, but China’s saber-rattling in the Straits of Taiwan has stoked American worry that Beijing might seek to conquer the island by force.