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Thursday, August 12, 2004

Taiwan Could Fend Off China Attack for 2 Weeks

August 12, 2004
Taiwan could withstand an attack from China for two weeks, military sources told the China Times, in comments seen aimed at assuaging fears raised by a computer simulation showing that Taipei could be captured in six days. ...

But the mass-circulation China Times quoted "authoritative military sources" as saying the computer had made certain assumptions -- such as no help from the United States -- and it did not mean Taiwan would be defeated so quickly.

"The sources indicate, in the event of a 'first strike', the air force and navy can preserve of their fighting capabilities while the army can maintain 80 percent of its fighting capabilities," the newspaper said. "Under these circumstances, Taiwan can hold on for two weeks in the event of a war in the Taiwan Strait." ... FR Reprint.

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