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China invasion of Taiwan - Considerations in Taiwan

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“The Chinese leadership is divided into two camps regarding the country's overall strategy. A Chinese State Council-based group is advocating economic development, while a national security group is pushing for an aggressive stance on the world stage. Although the national security wing holds sway over policymaking, the Chinese government would probably act cautiously in the immediate future. Addressing economic problems stemming from declining foreign investments, local government debt, rising youth unemployment and weak domestic demand would likely absorb Beijing's attention. China's economy could face devastating consequences if Beijing pursues policies that could scare away foreign investors and businesspeople, including from Taiwan.”

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Taiwan National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General
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“Although China now possesses ballistic missiles and aircraft carriers, which diminish Kinmen's strategic importance as a launching pad for any invasion of Taiwan, the island retains a symbolic significance. As tensions mount between China and Taiwan, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] might end up in a situation where they need a tangible win in the Taiwan Strait but are not ready for an all-out assault on Taiwan. In that scenario, seizing the largely demilitarised outlying Taiwanese islands of Kinmen and Matsu could provide a symbolic victory for the CCP; akin to what Russia did with Crimea in 2014.”

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Assistant professor at Soochow University in Taipei and studies the political relations between Taiwan, China and the United States
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“Taiwanese are ready and prepared to defend themselves. Give us something for us to defend ourselves. And speak out in support for Taiwan so that we feel that we are not alone in fighting for ourselves. There's a growing awareness in the international community to care about the situation Taiwan is in. They know that if there's going to be a war in Taiwan, it's going to be a disaster for the rest of the world.”

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Taiwan’s foreign minister
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“The Hsiung Sheng could reach most bases under the Chinese People's Liberation Army's Eastern Theatre Command, including those near Shanghai and the province of Zhejiang. It could greatly boost the national army's capacity to delay or paralyze the communist forces' pace of an invasion of Taiwan, making it hard for them to achieve a rapid war.”

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Senior national security researcher at the National Policy Foundation (think tank in Taipei)
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“Here is this island of 23 million people trying hard every day to protect ourselves and protect our democracy and making sure that our people have the kind of freedom they deserve. If we fail, then that means people that believe in these values would doubt whether these are values that they (should) be fighting for.”

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President of Taiwan
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“The People's Liberation Army (PLA) currently has the ability to invade Taiwan but indicated that it probably will not immediately attack unless provoked because it would have to pay a price. By 2025, China's costs and attrition will be brought to the lowest level and it will have the ability to launch a full-scale invasion of Taiwan.”

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Taiwan's Minister of National Defense
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“Taiwan needed to be able to let China know they could defend themselves. The development of equipment must be long range, precise, and mobile, so that the enemy can sense that we are prepared as soon as they dispatch their troops... [Answering what China would attack first in the event of a war] On this the Chinese Communists' abilities have rapidly increased. They can disrupt our command, control, communications and intelligence systems, for example with fixed radar stations certainly being attacked first. So we must be mobile, stealthy and able to change positions.”

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Taiwan's Minister of National Defense
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“We have about 160,000 folks in uniform facing a military that now claims to be 2 million strong [China military]. They have a signifiant role in the mission, but behind that we need a layered depth of responders who can really make sure that our defences are as strong as possible, so we can prevent military action.”

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Taiwanese former banker and special forces soldier and founder of the international non-governmental organization Forward Alliance
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“If Taiwan was attacked by the PLA [People's Liberation Army], more than two-thirds of young people would take affirmative action to resist Chinese action. Taiwan is a free and democratic country. We like to live in a peaceful coexistence with China but if we were attacked we have to react for some defences. Of course, will suffer a lot. Many young people will lose their life, but so will the PLA.”

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Taiwan’s vice minister of defence and then minister of defence between 2004 and 2008
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“In my judgment, we cannot set a timeline for an attack at six months or six years. My goal is to be ready at all times. To be frank, China is capable of attacking Taiwan. Whether or not it is able to occupy Taiwan afterward, I won't speculate. China can launch an attack, but its considerations will have to go beyond winning the first fight... [Taiwan capability of withstanding a Chinese attack] It's not about ability. It's about willpower. I always tell my peers to stop asking how many days we need to hold out. The question is how many days does [China] want to fight? We'll keep them company for as many days as they want to fight.”

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Taiwan's Minister of National Defense
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“You say it’s your garden, but it turns out that it is your neighbor who’s hanging out in the garden all the time. With that action, they [China] are making a statement that it’s their garden - and that garden is one step away from your house. Time is definitely not on Taiwan’s side. It’s only a matter of time for them to gather enough strength [to assault Taiwan].”

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Admiral and until 2019 the commander of the Taiwanese military
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