Taiwan fears China can ‘lamb’ defense

In Taiwan, concerns about the military force of the major neighbouring China are growing. The Chinese forces now have the means to โ€œlambโ€ the island states defense with missiles and cyber attacks, concludes the Department of Defense in an annual report revised by Reuters news agency.

According to Reuters, the report outlines a much grim picture than a year earlier. Among other things, China would have the ability to block communication in part of the region with โ€œelectronic attacksโ€. With missiles, China could also carry out precision attacks anywhere on the island, according to the report, which is intended for the Taiwanese parliament. It can โ€œparalyze Taiwanese command centers and air and sea forces.โ€

It would even be possible to temporarily disable Taiwanese air defense and other systems. โ€œThat poses a huge danger to us,โ€ the Ministry said.

China also has more and more opportunities to monitor Taiwanese armed forces, Taiwan thinks. The country would use the Beidou navigation system, the Chinese GPS response. Also, according to Taiwan, the Chinese regularly use spy planes, drones and ships to gather intelligence.

Communist China sees democratically controlled Taiwan as its own territory and is pushing military pressure ever further. The Chinese Air Force regularly flies fighter planes and bombers along the island.

Although China has never ruled out an attack on the island, according to the Taiwanese Ministry, it does not yet have the transport options for a large-scale invasion. The Chinese forces would try to improve those abilities.