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Taiwan should destroy chip infrastructure if China invades: paper

U.S. scholars propose deterrence strategy to make island 'unwantable'

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen oversees a military drill in Penghu. China's People's Liberation Army is said to envision a Taiwan takeover in 14 hours, far less than the 24 hours that the U.S. and Japan would need to respond. (Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via Reuters)

NEW YORK -- In the most-downloaded paper published by the U.S. Army War College in 2021, two American scholars propose a Taiwan deterrence strategy to render the island so "unwantable" that it would make no logical sense for China to seize it by force.

One key recommendation is for the U.S. and Taiwan to threaten to destroy facilities of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. -- the world's most important chipmaker and China's most important supplier -- if Beijing invades.

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