Afghanistan Not A Parallel With Taiwan

Afghanistan Not A Parallel With Taiwan

Andrew H. Sweet

Additionally, Taiwan's defense strategy is based on a standard island military defense instead of the domestic strife and guerrilla warfare that typify the conflicts in Afghanistan and previously Vietnam, he said, calling the two "entirely different."

Critics have been quick to compare the situation to the fall of Saigon after the withdrawal of U.S. troops during the Vietnam War, with some suggesting that the U.S.' track record bodes poorly for Taiwan's chances in the event of an invasion by China.

The hidden problems facing Taiwan are the belief in a "great Chinese nation," defeatism, and unprofessionalism within all ranks of the military leadership, Liao said.

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