The Russian-Ukrainian war has sparked a lot of discussion about how to prevent the Chinese Communist Party from invading Taiwan . The commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command said the United States must help Taiwan become an "indigestible hedgehog" for China. A U.S. think tank also proposed a strategy to strengthen Taiwan's ability to resist the CCP in multiple areas.
"I want Taiwan to be like Ukraine ," U.S. Army General Richard Clarke said during a discussion at the McCain Institute in Arizona on April 30, according to VOA. Like, become an indigestible hedgehog."
In response to China's attack on Taiwan, Clark said the United States must help Taiwan build resistance and resilience in the near term. The U.S. has proven itself to be a strong country, with many allies, capable of wielding power whenever necessary. “We can put high-end weapons systems into a country to build that level of resistance for them.”
Mark Montgomery, a retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, also said in an interview with VOA that Ukraine’s experience shows that the stockpile of weapons and ammunition is extremely important, so for Taiwan, which is surrounded by sea, the supply of weapons cannot wait for a conflict to occur. Do it again.
He said that the U.S. military has excellent supply capabilities, but the U.S. and Japan, Taiwan and South Korea in the Pacific must communicate over long distances, so the U.S. also needs to ensure that it has sufficient air and sea carrying capacity. In addition, the U.S. military must also have sufficient aircraft and ships to support those supply missions in the air and at sea.
Montgomery said that in order to improve the deterrence of the CCP's military invasion of Taiwan, the United States must conduct joint exercises with Taiwan, not only physical exercises, in addition to providing Taiwan with appropriate asymmetric combat capabilities, including anti-ship missiles, mines and anti-armor equipment. There will also be tabletop simulation exercises and joint operations planning.
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a U.S. think tank, released a video on April 26 between internal experts and Wisconsin Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher. Gallagher proposed an action plan, Combat Force 2025, to use existing U.S. capabilities to build a combat force by 2025 that can deter and, if necessary, win a war across the Taiwan Strait.
He proposed to invest in infrastructure to defend the US Pacific territories, strengthen US military bases in the Pacific region such as Guam, cooperate with allies to distribute long-range missiles in the Indo-Pacific region, use existing systems to build ammunition surge production capacity, and expand cooperation with Taiwan's National Guard. Cooperation to prepare for a protracted war, and cross-agency coordination within the U.S. government to respond to changes in Taiwan.
Matt Pottinger, chairman of the think tank's China program and former Trump administration deputy national security adviser, said Taiwan's high technology and public health are its strengths, especially in the fight against the new crown (CCP virus) epidemic. It is worth learning from the world that Taiwan should be a member of international organizations such as the World Health Organization and the International Civil Aviation Organization, but the CCP, with its huge influence in the United Nations, prevents Taiwan from participating in these organizations.
Po Ming said the CCP doesn't spend as much money at the United Nations, but it turns out they have the most influence. He believes that the United States must work harder to reduce the influence of the Chinese Communist Party in the United Nations system, so as to give itself and other like-minded partners more power to participate in the decision-making of those international organizations.