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: Beijing's warplanes have
only crossed Taiwan
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' .
Politico, L.A. Time,
with Taiwan are largely a result of strong bipartisan support in Congress...
appear to show how the Trump administration is willing to defy Beijing’s threats
and promote an alternative to Chinese Communist Party authoritarianism.
Foreign Policy 8-4-2020: CCP may be
increasingly tempted to act against Taiwan. Helping
to deter any such aggression doesn’t require nukes,
but it should nonetheless be an urgent national
security priority for Washington . CNBC, 8-5-2020:
Taiwan is in a ‘delicate’ situation with China as military drills intensify...
in the near-term, they do not have the capacity to really ‘retake’ Taiwan, ...
over the years ... not a scintilla of evidence of flexibility on these kinds of
core interest questions, and that’s what makes Taiwan so dangerous. CNN,
8-5-2020: Taiwan has emerged as one of the focal points of the escalating
tensions between Washington and Beijing.
The Australian 8-4-2020: Xi
has made it clear that taking back Taiwan would be the crowning achievement in
his vision to restore China’s place as a great power. we tend to
underestimate the importance the US puts on the defence of Taiwan.
8-1-2020: Taiwan could become the next flashpoint in the global tech war.
Daily Express (UK), 7-29-2020:
Harvard prof. Ezra Vogel: Unfortunately, there
is possibility of an armed confrontation. Nobody wants it, and everybody
would lose if a war erupts.
Institute 7-17-2020: Taiwan tiptoes in cross-strait relations. Washington Post,
7-22-2020: Inside China, the government has faced growing calls from hawkish military pundits and nationalist commentators to grasp the current strategic window to seize Taiwan...
in January 2019, Xi offered an ultimatum to Taiwan to come to the table for
unification talks or face annexation by force...Taiwan would be an extremely convenient sacrificial lamb.
TIME, 7-22-2020: President Xi Jinping pursues an increasingly assertive foreign policy, leading to speculation he may attempt a military confrontation in the region. NewsWeek,
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. VICE 7-24-2020:
a CCP congress in 2022 that will determine the renewal of his chairmanship
of the party — Taiwan could become a bargaining chip.
Morning Star (UK), 7-27-2020: If you think China’s claims in the South
China Sea are irrational, think again: the problem for Britain and the US is
that the wrong side won the Chinese civil war.
We always have a righteous cause to defend...
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
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.
6-18-2020: A strategic miscalculation might involve Chinese leaders
choosing to blockade or attack Taiwan in the near term or midterm based on a
set of strongly held beliefs about the United States as a declining power
New York Times, 6-26-2020: When China views it is being challenged in these other sovereignty disputes
in this era, it will respond with a very tough line, ... the possibility of confrontation would increase as the U.S.
presidential campaign heated up.
York Times, 6-21-2020: It’s a quite deliberate Chinese strategy to try to
maximize what they perceive as being a moment of distraction and the reduced
capability of the United States to pressure neighbors...