Hsiung Feng (雄風三型, Brave Wind) anti-ship missile on display in 2011 (With painting of besieged PLAN Aircraft Carrier in background)Taiwan is seeking to bolster its aging air force with the help of pro-ROC Republicans in the United States, but amid the usual complaints from the Chinese mainland, the People’s Liberation Army Navy is looking to see Taiwan’s fighter numbers and double down on two domestically constructed aircraft carriers:

TAIPEI — Taiwan’s intelligence chief said May 21 that China plans to build two aircraft carriers, in addition to the first in its fleet, a refitted former Soviet carrier currently undergoing sea trials.

“Indeed the Chinese communists have decided to build two aircraft carriers on their own,” Tsai Teh-sheng, head of the island’s National Security Bureau, told parliament.

Tsai said construction of the warships is slated to start in 2013 and 2015, respectively, with delivery dates of 2020 and 2022, and that they would be conventionally powered. (Source: Defense News)

With China able to out-produce Taiwan in every conceivable way, Taiwan will have to dig deeper and invest more heavily in their Anti-Access/Area Denial repertoire, while praying that their Hsiung Feng (雄風三型, Brave Wind) anti-ship missiles (pictured above, with nice rendition of besieged PLAN aircraft carrier) are up to snuff.

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Craig was born & raised in the United States, having recently returned there after over five years in Asia. He is currently pursuing further education in the realms of East Asian Studies and Politics. Craig is an avid fan of the political, economic, and military machinations occurring throughout the Asian continent and how those turning gears affect the rest of the world. He's currently covering both North and South Korea for Asia Security Watch, enjoying shedding light on to this far-too-often ignored slice of Asia.
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