Confounding expectations, Taiwan is reducing its military spending even as its sole adversary, the People's Republic of China, modernizes its military and significantly increases its defense budget. Michael Chase examines the key factors that have shaped Taiwan's security policy over a span of three decades.Chase explores both the role of US security assurances in formulating Taiwan's defense policy and the profound influence that domestic politics has played. He also considers the context of cross-Strait relations and the implications of Taiwan's security choices for potential instability and conflict in the region and beyond. Relying on extensive Chinese-language sources and interviews, he offers the most definitive treatment of Taiwan's security policy to date.This book explores the key external and domestic factors shaping Taiwan's current security policy.
Michael S. Chase is assistant professor in the Strategy and Policy Department at the US Naval War College.
The Puzzle of Taiwan's Security Policy.; The Chronological Picture.; China's Approach to Taiwan: 1980-1999.; Democratization and Security in Taiwan.; China's Taiwan Policy and Military Modernization Since 2000.; Current Defense Policy in Taiwan.; Focusing on Key Factors.; US-Taiwan Security Ties.; Threat Perceptions.; Domestic Politics.; Conclusion.; Implications for Regional Security and US-Taiwan Relations.