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Taiwan’s Will To Fight
Taipei’s military challenges are not lost on Beijing. The island’s apparent lack of political consensus over addressing them with substantially increased defense spending is undoubtedly seen as an encouraging trend in Beijing. If successful, PLA modernization will threaten that Taiwan autonomy by enabling Beijing to launch a devastating standoff attack with insufficient warning time for foreign forces to mobilize and deploy to aid Taiwan. Taiwan’s declining defense spending thus comes at a time when the island’s need to improve its own deterrent options is apparent.
One possible reason for Taiwan’s attitude toward defense spending might be diverging perceptions of economic and military trends in the Taiwan Strait. Even as the PLA steadily fields more ballistic missiles and modern air and naval systems, Taiwan’s need for low-wage labor and China’s seeming unlimited need for investment capital and managerial expertise are concurrently expanding cross-Strait economic interdependence. The several hundred thousand s of Taiwan’s 23 million residents living and working on the mainland are a substantial group with a vested interest in avoiding any cross-Strait tension.