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"Strangulation from the Sea? A PRC Submarine Blockade of Taiwan"

"Strangulation from the Sea? A PRC Submarine Blockade of Taiwan"

Journal Article, International Security, volume 28, issue 4, pages 125-160

Spring 2004

Author: Michael A. Glosny, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006-2007

Belfer Center Programs or Projects: International Security; Quarterly Journal: International Security



Recent remarks by Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian advocating increased sovereignty for Taiwan underscore concern that further efforts to declare formal independence from China could ultimately lead to a Chinese decision to use force. Michael Glosny of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology presents several scenarios to assess the likelihood of a successful Chinese submarine blockade against Taiwan. Glosny argues that although a submarine blockade would likely impose significant costs on Taiwan, “the threat of a successful blockade is overstated.”


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For Academic Citation:

Glosny, Michael A. "Strangulation from the Sea? A PRC Submarine Blockade of Taiwan." International Security 28, no. 4 (Spring 2004): 125-160.

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