War games conducted by a Washington think tank discovered that the U.S. military could successfully defend Taiwan against a hypothetical Chinese attack — yet at the cost of massive amounts of personnel and materials.
The Center for Strategic and International Studies has held 18 of 22 planned simulations of a 2026 Chinese attack on Taiwan, one in which the United States devotes its forces to defend the island, according to Bloomberg. Retired U.S. generals, admirals, and former Pentagon officials commanded China, the red team, and a U.S.-Japanese-Taiwanese alliance, the blue team. The latest of advanced war games used a 20-sided dice and complex computer calculations, according to the Wall Street Journal. The outcome of each game thus far have shown a Pyrrhic victory for the U.S.-led alliance.