BMI View: With President-elect Tsai Ing-wen's independence-leaning administration taking office in May
2016, relations with mainland China have cooled. In comparison to China's People's Liberation Army,
Taiwan's military is small in size, and lacks technologically adv ..."
BMI View: We expect Taiwan's defence budget to remain stable at 2.2% of the GDP in the next five years
as a result of financial constraints brought on by an economic downturn following the world's economic
crisis. However, we note that the defence budget will continue ..."
BMI View: Taiwan's defence capabilities continue to fall behind those of Beijing, despite a steadily
increasing budget. This has pushed the Ma administration towards a domestically controversial approach
of diplomacy and engagement towards China. Moves to disband cons ..."
An increasingly assertive and nationalist Beijing continues to be by far the greatest threat to Taiwan's
defence and security. The power asymmetry between Taiwan and mainland China is widening, with
Taiwanese estimates stating that by 2020, Chinese capabilities will b ..."
The growing assertiveness of Beijing and its military continue to represent the greatest threat to Taiwan's
defence and security. Beijing's increasingly militaristic mindset, demonstrated by a ramping up of defence
spending for 2014 as well as territorial assertivenes ..."
BMI View: China's establishment of an Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ) in November 2013 is likely
to have a significant impact on Taiwan's defence and security policy moving into 2014. Overlapping the
disputed Senkaku/Daioyu islands, claimed by Taiwan, China and ..."
BMI View: Relations between Taiwan and the mainland are at an all-time high and should remain stable,
at least until the end of President Ma Ying-jeou's term of office in 2016. Ma has established cordial
relations with Beijing, which is in turn preoccupied with a rang ..."
BMI's Taiwan Defence and Security Report for Q2 2013 examines the country's strategic position in the Asia Pacific region. It provides an overview of the contemporary geopolitical challenges facing the country, and the challenges it may face in the future.
The report examines ..."