Makes no difference as you cannot stock enough supplies for a war with China.
The US and Taiwan would likely be able to fend off a Chinese invasion, but it would come with heavy losses on both sides, a think tank analysis says.
This week China conducted three days of military drills around Taiwan shortly after Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, traveled to the US to meeting US House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
The drills involved practising encirclement of the island, with Beijing considers its own, and simulating direct strikes on Taiwan from the sea, air and China’s mainland, in what some analysts described as an escalation of drills conducted in August.
The Washington-based think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, conducted war games last year to imagine how such a conflict would play out.
“The good news is that at the end of all the iterations so far, there is an autonomous Taiwan,” Mark Cancian, a senior adviser at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told Insider.
“The United States and Taiwan are generally successful in keeping the island out of Chinese occupation, but the price of that is very high – losses of hundreds of aircraft, aircraft carriers, and terrible devastation to the Taiwanese economy and also to the Chinese navy and air force.”
In one of the more pessimistic scenarios, 900 American fighter and attack aircraft would be lost in four weeks, equivalent to half of the US Air Force and Navy’s combat planes, according to The Times of London.