Hostile Takeover

Day one: without warning, hundreds of Chinese missiles strike Taiwan. Day two: China's jet fighters tear across the Taiwan Strait and reduce the island's air force to just 30 planes. Day five: paratroopers land near Taipei's Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Plaza, storming the offices of President Chen Shui-bian. In 130 hours, China's hostile takeover of Taiwan is complete—at least in cyberspace.

Last week this ominous scenario—a computer simulation staged by Taiwan's armed forces—made headlines as evidence of the island's vulnerability in the face of the mainland's growing military might and underscored the frostiness of the cross-strait relationship as...

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