Why Does Taiwan Need The “Porcupine Strategy”?

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Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan prompted China to conduct severe military exercises in the area on Thursday. 68 Chinese fighter planes and 13 Chinese warships breached Taiwan’s “median line.”

The “porcupine” strategy was initially utilized by Lee Hsi-Ming, who was in charge of Taiwan’s armed forces at the time and called it the “Overall Defense Concept” in 2017. Asymmetrical warfare is another name for this technique.

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Making it challenging for the opponent to launch an attack is the goal of this strategy, instead of spending money on expensive traditional equipment such as warships, tanks, and naval vessels that are easy to strike with a warhead. The commanders under this strategy would put their attention on weapons that are versatile as well as readily camouflaged, like the Stinger missile systems, portable Javelin, etc.; this is evident in Ukraine’s case.

China has a vast military advantage over Taiwan. China has created the most accurate armaments during the last ten years to attack Taiwan. China has become more outspoken about its desire to use force or other coercive means to “reunite” Taiwan.

The People’s Liberation Army is already capable of launching missile attacks, conducting cyberattacks, and also imposes an air and naval blockade on Taiwan.

Chinese leaders may have selected the year 2020 as a critical milestone for the People’s Liberation Army to acquire the weapons necessary to invade Taiwan. The People’s Liberation Army has been methodically planning, training, and constructing the forces it feels are necessary to attack the island for nearly twenty years now to accomplish its objective.

The porcupine strategy consists of three separate layers of defense. The topmost layer focuses on intelligence and the processing of intelligence to make sure that the defensive soldiers are properly armed and prepared.

On the other hand of the conflict are plans for a guerilla battle on the water, backed by technologically powerful planes that are supplied by the US. The topography of the island and its population distribution form the basis for the inner layer.

If this turns out to be successful, China will have to find a way to get over the 2nd tier of this strategy for its soldiers to approach the territory without fear of being attacked. However, as the Chinese military works toward its goal of crossing the sea, it will be forced to contend with a Guerilla fight at sea known as the “battle of the flea.” 

However, even when they broke through this barrier, the PLA still couldn’t guarantee a flawless landing on Formosa Island. The 3rd layer relies on geography and the area’s population for support.

Additionally, Taiwan is equipped with aircraft and anti-ballistic defense systems that may intercept ballistic missiles and do first damage to invading forces.

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