Is the island of Taiwan going to have to turn into a fortress?

During the Second World War, the island of Malta, under British mandate, was transformed into a defensive fortress which allowed Great Britain to hinder the ambitions of the axis in North Africa, playing a leading role in the final collapse of fascist Italy and Nazi Germany, running out of raw materials, especially fuel. The island was so strengthened that the Herkules invasion operation, scheduled for November 1942, and which was to mobilize more than 60.000 men, 1600 vehicles and nearly 600 combat aircraft, was canceled, in the face of some 26.000 defenders of the island, to ten tanks, and to 60 to 80 Spitfires and Hurricanes of the Royal Air Force which permanently defended Malta.

It is perhaps an identical scenario which will take place concerning the island of Taiwan. While Beijing's declarations on "reunification by force" multiply, just as the exercises to prepare for it, the independent island since 1949 is rapidly increasing its defensive capacities, both to repel a naval air assault and a maritime blockade, as well as a campaign of air and cyber strikes. To do this, Taipei has multiplied, in recent years, the acquisitions of Defense equipment, both to modernize and to strengthen and extend the defensive capabilities of the island, with increasingly strong support from Washington, and despite an attitude still fearful of Europeans, who fear economic retaliatory measures by Beijing.

To respond to the decline in export authorizations for American and European Defense equipment, Taiwan has developed its own defense industry, capable of producing very good equipment such as the F-CK1 twin-jet fighter.

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