The People’s Republic of China has made no secret of its attempts at unifying the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan. Xi Jinping, the chairman of the Communist Party of China, has made unification his top priority in his growingly authoritarian regime.

The U.S. government has prioritized the nation’s defense as both Beijing and Washington head towards a new Cold War. With a potential showdown in the Pacific increasingly veering towards inevitably, there are several contingency options America and its Asian Pacific allies can use against China.

Why a Chinese Invasion Would be Easy to Detect

A potential invasion of Taiwan would be the biggest war the Asian Pacific has seen since World War Two. Countries like the United States and Japan have pledged to defend Taiwan, while the Philippines and Vietnam are in a Cold War with China. The AUKUS coalition was also created to counter Chinese aggression and could also potentially intervene.

Before Russia declared a full-fledged war on Ukraine, it took the Kremlin eight months to muster Europe’s most significant invasion force since WWII. U.S. intelligence was able to spot Russian logistical and troop movements toward the Ukrainian border for months on end, up until the invasion on February 23, 2022.

China’s potential invasion of Taiwan would also be detected far ahead of its time frame. To invade Taipei, Beijing would have to amass the largest amphibious force in world history—a naval force that would have to eclipse the D-Day landings.

Beijing would have to amass anywhere between one million to two million troops to accommodate the most significant amphibious force the world has ever seen. The potential Chinese invasion would account for the military doctrine of one soldier per ten civilians needed to maintain an occupation.

Military parade of The Honor Guard of the Republic of China in the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China.

Advising and Training Taiwan’s Self-Defense Forces

In late February, numerous sources reported that the United States would expand its advice and assist role to the Taiwanese Armed Forces. On April 18, the Pentagon sent 200 advisers from the U.S. Army to the isle to begin training.