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Despite this ambivalence and its anemic defense budget, Taiwan has sought costly weapons systems from the United States, including PAC-3 (Patriot Advanced Capability, third version) missile systems, P-3 maritime patrol and F-16 fighter aircraft, Kidd-class destroyers, and diesel submarines.

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									William S. Murray is associate research professor at the
U.S. Naval War College, where his research focuses on
China’s navy. He conducted submarine deployments
and qualified to command nuclear submarines prior to
retiring from the U.S. Navy. He is the coeditor of and a
contributing author to China’s Future Nuclear Sub-
marine Force and China’s Energy Strategy: The Im-
pact on Beijing’s Maritime Policies. He can be reached
at william.murray@nwc.navy.mil.

Naval War College Review, Summer 2008, Vol. 61, No. 3
REVISITING TAIWAN’S DEFENSE STRATEGY


       William S. Murray




     C       hina’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
								
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