Submarines, Cheng said, would play a major role in keeping China at bay.
Cheng argues that any successful defense of the nation, whether from blockade or invasion, would rely heavily on Taiwan’s navy. As a result, the Taiwanese navy must be capable of surviving an attack, regardless of China’s numerical superiority, according to the researcher.
“A technologically obsolescent navy cannot hope to meet such a challenge, especially as [China’s] People’s Liberation Army continues to modernize at a rapid pace,” he said.
“It is therefore necessary that Taiwan obtain up-to-date systems and engage in modern training, which will require the help of the US,” Cheng said.