Taiwan Defence and Security Report Q2 2014

Date: April 2, 2014
Pages: 77
US$ 1,295.00
Report type: Strategic Report
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The growing assertiveness of Beijing and its military continue to represent the greatest threat to Taiwan's defence and security. Beijing's increasingly militaristic mindset, demonstrated by a ramping up of defence spending for 2014 as well as territorial assertiveness in the East and South China Seas is in stark contrast to the policies the Taiwanese government are pursuing. It will be interesting to see what this means for the cross-strait relationship. On the one hand, Taiwan's decision to scale back its armed forces in combination with a significant decline in defence imports may point to closer integration with China. Indeed, in Q114 China and Taiwan held the first government-to-government talks in 65 years, a highly symbolic development that opens up the possibility for some form of rapprochement. On the other hand, these cutbacks may signify Taiwan's increased reliance on the US, as a counterbalance to China, for its defence and security. Taiwan's various existing defence and security ties with the US reinforce the predominance of this relationship for Taipei. indeed, Taiwan continues to be extremely dependent on the US for the procurement of its defence equipment. A current priority for the Taiwanese military is the upgrade of its existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets. Taiwan is reportedly hitching its F-16 upgrades to the Combat Avionics Programmed Extension Suite programme, to be integrated by US defence manufacturer Lockheed Martin. These costly upgrades, as well as a potentially limited procurement of F-35 fighter jets, are currently monopolising funds for defence equipment. Other procurement priorities include diesel-electric submarines as well as an early-warning and missile-defence system that would enable the island to withstand any Chinese assault until US intervention could occur.
BMI Industry View
Defence & Security
Business Environment
Industry Forecast
Defence Expenditure
  Table: Taiwan Defence Expenditure, 2010-2018
  Table: Taiwan Defence Expenditure By Changing % Of GDP, 2010-2018 (US$mn)
Armed Forces
  Table: Manpower Available For Military Service, 2010-2018 (aged 16-49 unless otherwise stated)
Defence Trade
Macroeconomic Forecast
  Table: Taiwan - Economic Activity
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Asia Security Risk Ratings
  Table: Asia Pacific Regional Security Ratings
  Table: Asia Pacific State Vulnerability To Terrorism Index
Taiwan Security Risk Ratings
Market Overview
Defence Market Overview
Recent Developments
Armed Forces
Domestic Industries
Security Market Overview
Domestic Threats
Regional Threats
International Threats
Company Profile
Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation (AIDC)
CSBC Corporation, Taiwan
Chung Shan Institute of Science and Technology
Combined Service Forces
Regional Overview
North East Asia Security Overview
Global Industry Overview
Global Political Outlook
  Table: Election Timetable, 2014
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Rating Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
  Table: Security Risk/Reward Ratings Indicators
  Table: Weighting Of Indicators
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