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The Inevitability of Taiwan’s Absorption January 2, 2019

Posted by geoff in News.

Been complaining for years that Taiwan was doomed to be sucked up by China, largely due to our wimpy and shortsighted foreign policy. Looks like China has finally decided to put the screws to them:

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has issued a new threat to use military force in Taiwan as Beijing intensifies efforts to achieve unification with the self-governing democratic region, holding up Hong Kong as a model for Taipei.

In a major address on Wednesday, Mr. Xi promised economic gifts to Taiwan if it places itself under Beijing’s rule, saying “with the great motherland’s support, Taiwan compatriots’ welfare will be even better, their development space will be even greater.”

China will not “promise to renounce the use of force and reserve the option to use all necessary measures” to forestall Taiwanese independence, he said, directing his comments at those seeking autonomy in Taiwan as well as foreign forces – comments seen as a reference to the United States., whose strong ties to Taiwan has made it a key counterbalance to China.

Why now? Well, the US probably can’t stop them, and certainly won’t. Plus, China could use an economic shot in the arm. And Xi Jinping is an ambitious man.

With an enviably focused and consistent foreign policy.


1. daveintexas - January 2, 2019

Back in the day, when I worked there the people I worked with told me about 1/3 of them favored reconciliation, about a third wanted independence, and the rest wanted the status quo

That means the PRC wins without destroying the economy of Taiwan which is their goal.

2. Bunk Strutts - January 2, 2019

What can a poboy do to get you guys off the WOT Warning List? Y’all were dogpiled and reported a long time ago for no reason.

3. geoff - January 3, 2019

Never heard of it before you mentioned it.

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