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News brief: ◆
N.Y. Times, 8-30-2020: Taiwan
has moved to revamp Taiwan’s military doctrine and strengthen its
reserves...Taiwan cannot count on US as a matter of strategy.
◆ Economist, 8-30-2020: The
island cannot rely on American help, but armed conflict remains unlikely ◆ Forbes, 8-30-2020: Taiwan simply
does not have enough firepower to defeat a Chinese invasion without the help of
the U.S. military ◆ National Interest, 8-28-2020:
Could China Successfully Blockade Taiwan? China hopes direct action will yield
clean and swift results, letting it present Asia, America, and the world a
fait accompli — a done deal ◆ Wall Street Journal 8-30-2020: Fearing
Hong Kong’s Fate, Taiwan Moves to Bolster Its Military Against China.
N.Y. Times, 8-17-2020: U.S.
Tries to Bolster Taiwan’s Status, Short of Recognizing Sovereignty.
US Naval Institute,
Proceedings, Aug. 2020: 2021 U.S. political transition would be an even more
vulnerable time than usual for U.S. decision-making... such an
opportunity would only appear every few decades...for achievement of a
long-held goal — to bring Taiwan back into China.
NY Times, 8-15-2020:
Beijing continues to take a tough stance on Taiwan, but is dialing down its
belligerence to avoid provocative moves that might give President Trump more
opportunities to attack.
CNN, 8-14-2020: What
Taiwan needs form the US is a strong stable marriage not a hot passionate
romance ... a long-term antagonistic relationship between the US and
China wasn't sustainable after November... Taiwan needs to think about it.
Daily Express, 8-13-2020:
World War 3: China 'ready' for conflict with US over Taiwan row ... Peking
University Bo: there could be parties with the US military aiming to create a
small-scale and “controllable” conflict with their Chinese counterparts.
(Australia), 8-11-2020: Q: red line for the U.S. in
terms of us going in and defending Taiwan? Pompeo: We thoroughly
intend to uphold our obligations and commitments with respect to the
historical understandings between the United States and China on Taiwan.
Beijing's warplanes have only
Strait "median line" ( "the de facto cease-fire line") intentionally three times since 1999 (ps: Newsweek, 8-12-2020:
since 1949) -- once in March 2019, in
February of this year, and again on Monday (Azar met with
aljazeera, 8-11-2020: Taiwan's top diplomat tells visiting US health
secretary that Chinese pressure is making 'life increasingly difficult' .
7-21-2020: Once military
conflict breaks out - A slight plurality of 31 percent assigned
blame to Chinese President Xi Jinping, while 30 percent of respondents said they
believed both Xi and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen were responsible and 24
percent blamed Tsai. Daily Mail, 7-22-2020: China has
made several 'simulated' military attacks on Taiwan.
WAR will break out between
China and the US in the South China Sea if Beijing violates the alliance
agreement between America and Taiwan.
Beijing is no doubt waiting
to see the outcome of the U.S. presidential election before taking any more
National Interest 7-18-2020:
This will be
costly than Hong
Kong has been,
but make no
these (CCP) people,
that cost is
they will gladly
pay it. Unless
Taiwan on pain
of war, Taiwan
Times, 7-20-2020: US tech giants exposed if China takes
Taiwan ... Even an unsuccessful invasion of Taiwan would cause a supply chain disruption. Fox News 7-16-2020:
US appears to change
policy on Beijing’s ‘unlawful’ actions in the South China Sea and thus opens
the legal floodgates to a potential military response.
ecns.cn 7-17-2020: China:
Two sides of Taiwan
Strait should jointly safeguard China's sovereignty
over the islands and reefs in the South China Sea and their adjacent waters,
Affairs, 7-8-2020: Given how little Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong has
cost it to date, we are concerned that Beijing will draw the wrong
conclusions about the costs of future coercion against Taiwan. FoxNews 7-8-2020:
of a national
security law on Hong
Kong has put Taiwan on edge, with pro-democracy
activists fearing that Beijing will
soon have the self-ruled island in its crosshairs. Washington
Post 7-7-2020: The Hong Kong security law could be China’s blueprint
to deal with the ‘Taiwan problem'...China has
arguably moved a step closer to preparing for war with the
. National Interest 7-6-2020:
China and Taiwan Could Be Headed Towards a Showdown...
New York Times, 7-2-2020: The
possibility of a military conflict between China and Taiwan remains remote,
experts say, because the costs for Beijing would be extraordinary, including
significant casualties and damage to its international standing. Yet the two
sides are moving farther and farther apart, with little appetite for
compromise. USA Today 7-5-2020: Taiwan has never been more important to American
LOWY institute 7-9-2020:
Xi isn’t such a realist when it comes to Taiwan.
Beijing views Taiwan in largely political terms – preoccupied with “the
great trend of history” towards unification. NewsWeek
6-5-2020: If Washington does not act comprehensively and urgently, it could be
Hong Kong today and Taiwan next.
the 3 flashpoints
(Taiwan, HK, S. China Sea)
that could turn a
US-China cold war hot
... dangerously close to a tipping point
where even a
small action would serve as a catalyst that lets
slip the dogs of war.
(UK), 6-3-2020: South China Sea warning: All-out war fears erupt as Beijing
rejects Taiwan peace plan.
Times 6-3-2020 :
shrill rhetoric would make many believe that an assault on Taiwan could
be imminent... Taiwan remains
sanguine despite Beijing sabre-rattling.
The threat, China's vows
to 'smash' any Taiwan independence move as Trump weighs sanctions, raised the
prospect of a regional conflict that could draw in the United States......
deterioration in relations, already at their worst in decades.
5-29-2020 How far will China go? China has launched rule by fear not just
over Hong Kong, but also over the South China Sea and Taiwan. L.A.
the ruling Democratic
Progressive Party advocates Taiwan’s formal independence, something
Beijing says it will use force to prevent.
Foreign Policy 5-20-2020:
would reject being ruled by China in the same way Hong Kong is now.
The Guardian, 5-20-2020: Beijing also responded swiftly to Tsai’s speech and
said China would never leave any room for “Taiwan independence separatist
activities”. Washington Post, 5-21-20: As U.S.-China
rhetoric grows harsher, new risks emerge with Taiwan drawn into the mix.
Financial Times 5-19-2020 : Taiwan fears uptick in military threat from
China in wake of coronavirus epidemic. New York Times,
5-12-2020, Pew Research Center:
support closer economic ties with China, only 36% favor closer political
Foreign Policy 5-15-2020: Beijing
were to interpret ...... coronavirus as a uniquely advantageous moment, a
Chinese military strike on Taiwan at this moment is unlikely... ...
but a low level of
risk is not the same as zero risk.
Times 5-19-2020: US is Using Taiwan as a Pressure Point (TSMC in Arizona ...)
in Tech Fight With China. Nikkei news Japan ( Nihon
keizai shinbun, 日本経済新聞 ) , 5-20-2020: TSMC to Arizona may
UK, France 24 ,
4-20-2020: CoronaVirus: WHO chief hits back (by "Taiwan didn't report
any human-to-human transmission," , "Taiwan's email was only seeking further
House 4-15-2020: WHO kept Taiwan's lead from the public).
FOXnews 4-9-2020, CNBC 4-8-20:
WHO chief addresses death threats, racist insults
The China Times,
Taiwanese Cyber bullying notorious worldwide.
Guardian UK, 3-28-2020: U.S.
increases support for Taiwan internationally by a new law Taipei Act, China
threatens to strike back. Reuters
Taiwan should continue to
show goodwill to China during coronavirus outbreak and not give Beijing an
excuse to attack the island as a way of relieving “internal pressure”
Chinese public opinion believes people in
Taiwan lack sympathy about China’s virus outbreak...L.A. Times 1-10-2020 ~ 1-11-2020:
sweeps to reelection, setting the stage for chilly
relations with China .
Slow income growth and aging society post challenge ahead, Taiwanese
income-per-person, income per capita, lowest of Four Tigers.
Washington Post, 9-25-2019:
China’s growing dominance in the South Pacific is a
defeat for an America in retreat.
WSJ (Wall Street Journal)
9-20-2019: It’s clearly a big win for China having the two largest allies of
Taiwan in the Pacific drop so quickly...
New York Times
As Taiwan Loses
Influence, China Gains Ground in Race With U.S. ;
and tourism competitiveness report> of 2019 shows
Taiwan had the sub-region's largest
decline in competitiveness,
ranks 10th in Asia. L. A. Times, 8-1-2019:
The indefinite suspension
(Chinese individual tourists to TW)
is likely to
prove a major economic hit to Taiwan, as
well as a blow to cultural interplay.
Daily Mail (UK)
blasts China for "reckless and provocative" incursion by 2 fighter jets
across a largely respected line dividing the 2 sides in the Taiwan Straits.
Japan Times, 4-1-2019:
China's move also comes less than a week after the U.S. sent ships through the
strait ( mission was unusual) — the third
time in as many months...those sailings have likely been interpreted by China as
implicit support for self-ruled Taiwan.
Reuters 2-25-2019: US Navy ships
... riling China.
ABC.net Australia: Chinese fighter jets cross Taiwan Strait after
Tsai urges Pacific pushback against Beijing.
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Washington Post (7-22-2020) reports: In a major speech in January 2019, Xi (Chinese president) offered an ultimatum to Taiwan
to come to the table for unification talks or face annexation by force. However, Taiwan's government was tight-lipped about this ultimatum, so that even famous commentator and analyst know nothing about it, otherwise pro-Independence Tsai I. W. may not continue in presidential office in Jan. 2020, because, according to National Interest (6-16-2020): more than 60.3 percent of the respondents opposed Taiwan's independence if it is followed by China’s military invasion...
CNN 6-17-2019: mass protests (in Hong Kong) emboldened anti-China elements in Taiwan.
4-1-2019: Taiwan protests China jets crossing center of Taiwan Strait, a provocation that seeks to alter the status quo ... an intentional act. Japan Times, 4-1-2019: China's move also comes less than a week after the U.S. sent ships through the strait ( mission was unusual) — the third time in as many months...those sailings have likely been interpreted by China as implicit support for self-ruled Taiwan. Reuters 2-25-2019: US Navy ships ... riling China.New York Times
Annual Report to US Congress ( Military and Security Developments Involving the PRC ), 8-17-2018: Much of Beijing’s defense budget is focused on developing the capability to unify Taiwan by force...
USA Today 5-18-2018: Xi JinPing has signaled that China will seek to reclaim its historical properties by 2049. Freebeacon 5-17-2018 : 2020—the deadline that [Chinese supreme leader] Xi Jinping has given the [People's Liberation Army] to be ready to invade Taiwan.
The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “Open Hearing on China’s Worldwide Military Expansion.”, 5-17-2018 :
deploying tactical nuclear weapons to Asia, showing strong support for Taiwan, and exposing human rights abuses in China as immediate steps that could curb Beijing...
Washington Post, 1-5-2018 : Xi commanded China’s military to become “battle ready.” ...... Taiwan will turn “grave” because Taiwan’s government refuses to acknowledge that the island is part of China. .Taiwan needs to increase its defense spending considerably...“the outcome of the game [between China and Taiwan] is undecided".
New York Times at 11-4-2017, the Pentagon report, May 2017: China’s military modernization has “eroded or negated many of Taiwan’s historical advantages (geography and the US support) ” in deterring a potential attack.
Spiegel Germany, 1-9-2017, Global Times of China: "There is no room for negotiations" .FreeBeacon at 10-19-2017 : "China’s Xi Jinping Slams the Door on Taiwanese Appeals for Independence.". Washington Post at 10-18-2017: "Mr. Xi’s biggest applause line was a vow to 'never allow anyone. . . to separate any part of Chinese territory from China.' That would include...Taiwan."(19th CPC national Congress).
New York times, 5-18-2017: Taiwan's leaders have gutted the military and continued to base defense planning on the assumption that the United States would always come to the rescue. Policies ... have left the military understaffed and in a state of low morale...
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