by Dean Cheng
The Heritage Foundation
March 19, 2014
Backgrounder
Taiwan’s security is inextricably linked to the sea. Indeed, the nation’s economic livelihood, as well as its national security, requires that Taipei secure the surrounding waters and have access to global sea-lanes. Consequently, Taiwan’s ability to field a modern navy is an essential element of its national security strategy. The Taiwan Strait is a key international waterway, and preserving its stability is in the American interest. Furthermore, per the Taiwan Relations Act, America is legally obligated to help this democratic island provide for its maritime security. Therefore, the United States should support Taiwan’s military modernization, both by providing access to modern systems and by facilitating the island nation’s interaction with its own and other, friendly militaries.



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