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Taiwan’s Future Submarine Program: A Deep Dive

December 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
2 PM to 4 PM
Location: The Conference Center at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Root Room
1779 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington DC 20036


The comprehensive transformation of China’s military forces has prompted a regional increase in defense development and acquisition to include submarine capabilities. Inherently stealthy, and equipped with a diverse range of sensors and weapon systems, submarines are a “force in being” that have a political effect beyond the military realm. Taiwan’s indigenous submarine program would enhance regional stability by providing a credible and survivable deterrent to potential PRC use of force, and enhancing Taiwan’s relative position in future cross-Strait political negotiations.

This conference brought together a panel of experts to focus on Taiwan’s submarine program in relation to the PLA’s force modernization and Taiwan’s defense strategy, and identify key policy goals for U.S.-Taiwan relations.


2:00-2:30 pm
Opening Brief:

Mark Stokes
Executive Director
Project 2049 Institute

2:35-3:45 pm
Panel: Assessing the Requirement for Taiwan’s Submarine Program and Why it Matters for America

Sabrina Tsai
Research Associate
Project 2049 Institute

Roger Cliff
Nonresident Senior Fellow
Asia Security Initiative
Atlantic Council

Jacqueline Deal
President and CEO
Long Term Strategy Group LLC

Eric Sayers
Professional Staff Member
Senate Armed Services Committee
United States Senate 

3:45-4:00 pm
Keynote Address:

Rear Admiral David Yang
Defense Attaché, Defense Mission
Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office



December 1, 2015
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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