November 5, 2007:
The Taiwanese military are taking
seriously reports of China building aircraft carriers. To that end, the
Taiwanese have conducted studies and exercises to develop the best methods for
attacking aircraft carriers. Taiwan has aircraft, submarines and ships equipped
with anti-ship missiles (as well as land based anti-ship missiles), all of
which can be used to attack an aircraft carrier. But the carrier will be
escorted by other warships and protected by missiles and some of its aircraft.
The Taiwanese are finding that taking down a modern carrier can be a
complicated piece of work. This was confirmed when they consulted with
colleagues from the U.S. Navy.