China's A2AD and Its Geographic Perspective
研究論文 Research Paper
Washington’s and Beijing’s access and anti-access strategies are constructed on the basis of two island chains. In order to countervail a rising China, the essence of the U.S. Asia pivot is reviving again the geopolitics of the Western Pacific. The term of A2AD is a Western terminology and its approximation in the Chinese strategic concept is China’s active strategic counterattacks on exterior lines (ASCEL) and today China’s A2AD capabilities have increased dramatically. China’s missile arsenal constitutes severe threats to its neighboring countries, and its surface warships and submarines have frequently penetrated the Ryukyu Islands. Due to its position in the center of the first island chain, Taiwan is of great geostrategic importance. It is the cork that keeps the Chinese naval and air forces bottled up within the China Sea. One simple option for the U.S. and its partner nations to counter Beijing’s increasing military strength is to boost their own version of A2AD capability. Taiwan should reshape its force structure with a strategy of asymmetry, combat credibility and resilience, as well as cooperating with the U.S. Asia pivot.