chapter  7
Taiwan’s maritime strategy and the new security environment
ByMing-hsien Wong and Tung-lin Wu
Pages 26

Human maritime concepts have evolved from an initial “living by the sea” and “inshore sailing” to the subsequent acceptance of the oceans as important channels for transportation and as important spaces for human existence and development.1 The oceans as treasure boxes, therefore, have become a stage for competing powers. Long before 500 AD, the Persians constantly crossed the oceans, fought the Greeks around Cyprus, and tried to conquer them from the sea.2 Nowadays, the oceans have become the subject of every kind of political, economic, technological, geographical, and national defense viewpoint. In the process, human beings have raised a whole raft of opinions and views regarding the oceans, formulated new maritime concepts, and promoted their understanding from many different perspectives.3