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The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense and American Strategy in Asia Paperback – April 11, 2019

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Unthinkable? Think again. Ian Easton has done a remarkable job taking the PRC at their word. Using PLA manuals and publications, this Project 2049 Institute study shows that China is prepared to invade, intimidate or interdict. This is a scholarly work which most China hands would like to overlook. No longer can they do so. Well done, Mr. Easton.

—Ambassador Richard Armitage, former Deputy Secretary of State

Argues persuasively that the risks of conflict in the Taiwan Strait lurk on the horizon. Persuasive and in places controversial, Mr. Easton sets out the case that armed conflict has not been made irrelevant in the Western Pacific even with the closer economic ties between China and Taiwan. An unsettling but necessary read for students of Asia.

—Dr. Kurt M. Campbell, former Assistant Secretary of State for Asian Affairs

Ian Easton has done an enormous amount of research in both Chinese and Taiwanese sources about a potential military conflict across the Taiwan Strait. While I disagree with many of his assertions ... I found myself interested in his citations and often challenged by his assertions. Whether you agree with his conclusions or not, it is worth reading this serious examination of the reality of a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.

—Admiral Dennis Blair (USN, ret.), former Director of National Intelligence and Commander of U.S. Pacific Command

Calls attention to threats in plain sight but overlooked by our policy makers and strategists. Taiwan, a vigorous democracy at the confluence of the contested East and South China Seas ... exists under often-declared threat. It is the most consequential political and military challenge of our times.

—Lt. General Wallace Gregson (USMC, ret.), former Assistant Secretary of Defense and Commander Marine Forces Pacific

A comprehensive and insightful treatment of one of the most significant geopolitical military challenges facing the United States ... a conflict over Taiwan has the potential to explode as the PRC grows in economic and military power. Ian Easton sheds light on a potential reality that we must be well prepared to handle.

—Lt. General David A. Deptula (USAF, ret.), former Commander Pacific Command Air Component and Chief of U.S. Air Force Intelligence

A powerful and thought-provoking study helping policy makers as well as experts reshape their perceptions and analysis ... in an ever changing and dire Taiwan Strait. It is a must-read book for those who hold power to protect Taiwan as a beacon of democracy.

—Andrew Nien Dzu Yang, former Minister of National Defense, Taiwan (ROC)

An extremely readable and informative text describing the most dangerous, destructive, and least likely option in the Taiwan Strait ... clearly illustrates why deterrence of such an event should be Taiwan’s and America’s primary objective in cross-strait relations.

—Dennis J. Blasko, author of The Chinese Army Today

While much of the world has forgotten the importance of Taiwan to the peace and stability of the Asia Pacific region ... Mr. Easton’s well-sourced and clearly enunciated work reminds us all of the likelihood and cost of war and the price of freedom.

—Captain James Fanell (USN, ret.), former Pacific Fleet Director of Intelligence

14 possible landing beaches, 4 weeks of permissive weather twice a year, and 1,000 individual targets for air strikes in the run-up to an invasion. These are some of the facts and figures readers will take away from this unique and indispensable trove of insights into the PLA’s preparations.... This is an authoritative exposé of the PRC’s offensive plans.

—Jacqueline N. Deal, President, Long Term Strategy Group

About the Author

Ian Easton is a research fellow at the Project 2049 Institute. He previously was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs (JIIA) in Tokyo, and a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA Corporation). His research has been featured in the New York Times, the Associated Press, Reuters, U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek Japan, and many other media outlets in the United States and Asia. Ian has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and given lectures at the U.S. Naval War College, Japan's National Defense Academy, and Taiwan's National Defense University.

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1.0 out of 5 stars At best idealistic, at worst misleading. A simple book for the John Bolton of the world.
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