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NY Times, 11-24-2020:
Biden Faces Pressure from Democrats and Republicans to Stand Up to China by
Embracing Taiwan... He will continue to support a peaceful resolution of
cross-strait issues ... won't use Taiwan to poke Xi Jinping in the eye and make
him look weak
Economist, 11-19-2020: :
Why commercial ties between Taiwan and China are beginning to fray?
competition, and generational change
Washington Examiner, 11-18-2020:
China will race to expand 'empire' and attack Taiwan during window of
opportunity (~2022), experts fear ◆
WSJ, 11-15-2020: An attack on
Taiwan, the top chips manufacturer, would roil industry and the world
New York Times,
As China and
the U.S. vie for tech dominance, Taiwan’s chip companies are feeling the heat.
They are forced to heed American tech policy, but many of their customers — and
their customers’ customers — are in China.
9-23-2020: Senator Marco Rubio :
Helping Taiwan to win an all-out conflict against China would not be a
way to reach that goal, “That’s not possible.”
Instead, Washington should assist Taipei “to have the capability to
raise the cost of military adventurism there to a level that China’s not willing
VOA news, 9-21-2020: The
increasing number of air force incursions from China is starting to fray nerves
among ordinary Taiwanese, A Yahoo poll, as of early September, had found
that 64% of Taiwanese worry about a conflict, but a lot of people’s fears
are muted by perceptions that China is just sending a political signal, a big
proportion of Taiwanese who think United States would defend Taiwan
◆ France 24, 9-16-2020:
Taiwanese FM on China: 'After Hong Kong, Taiwan
might be next' ◆
Washington would establish “a new bilateral economic dialogue” with Taipei to
“explore the full spectrum of our economic relationship—semiconductors,
healthcare, energy, and beyond, with technology at the core.”
US Defense Gov.,
annual Report to US Congress,
9-1-2020: The PRC appears willing to defer the use of military force as long as
it considers that unification with Taiwan could be negotiated over the long-term
and the costs of conflict outweigh the benefits ◆
NY 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.
Financial Times (UK),
Financial Times (UK), 8-28-2020: Taiwan eases restrictions on US pork
and beef imports.
The Hill, 8-25-2020: Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) ... does not say the president must wait to consult Congress until a Chinese attack actually occurs or is imminent — only that the threat to Taiwan’s democratic security and the danger to U.S. interests be identified...Yet, Biden... consultation with Congress prior to responding would cause disastrous delay. Forbes, 8-24-2020: China Can Capture Taiwan In Three Days, Say Former U.S. Officials. VOA, 8-21-2020: a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan... could happen as early as next year... the Trump administration has been taking a very strong stand on China in recent months, there have been no moves from the administration to suggest it is preparing to do away with strategic ambiguity... Joseph Biden: the U.S. has not been obligated to defend Taiwan ... There is a huge difference between reserving the right to use force and obligating ourselves, a priori, to come to the defense of Taiwan" . Foreign Policy, 8-20-2020: Suicide reveals Taiwanese army dangerously unprepared for Chinese invasion. Bloomberg, 8-20-2020: The danger of a Chinese assault on Taiwan is growing. And the U.S., which has an ambiguous security commitment to Taipei, might well lose if it joined such a war on Taiwan’s behalf. 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. MirageNews (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. CNN, 8-11-2020 : 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 Taiwan President Tsai).
aljazeera, 8-11-2020: Taiwan's top diplomat tells visiting US health secretary that Chinese pressure is making 'life increasingly difficult' . The Week (UK) , Yahoo News , 8-9-2020 : (FT) isn't sure how serious President Trump is about supporting Taiwan and predicted he could back down if things with China really get heated, leaving the island vulnerable. "If I were Beijing, I would be asking myself: 'If the U.S. gives us a justification to attack Taiwan, what are the odds that he will change is pattern of cutting and running?" New Zealand Herald, 8-9-2020: Tension reaching boiling point! Beijing mobilises invasion craft along coast, satellite images reportedly show amphibious armoured vehicles and mobile missile launchers massing at military bases near the island nation...series of "combat readiness" exercises over the disputed South China Sea, with combat aircraft and naval vessels... Foreign Policy 8-7-2020: Some hawkish voices in Washington have even suggested arming Taiwan with nuclear weapons... Instead, the US should urgently provide additional conventional military aid to address the dangerous shift . Washington Post, 8-6-2020: Alex Azar’s trip to Taiwan is about refusing to appease China. a fraught strategy and the stakes are high. Telegraph, 8-6-2020: China accused of deploying more amphibious weapons to eastern coast as tensions with Taiwan rise. National Interest, 8-6-2020: the odds are uncomfortably high that the U.S. forces would be defeated in a war with China over Taiwan. What’s worse, even achieving a tactical victory could result in a devastating strategic loss. If China committed all-out to seize Taiwan, then it could accomplish its objective in a finite time period, measured in days to weeks. 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. Sunday Guardian 8-2-2020: The Quad must strengthen and support Taiwan. CNN 8-1-2020: Taiwan could become the next flashpoint in the global tech war. Bloomberg 7-30-2020: Now fears are growing that Xi wants to cement his place alongside Mao and Deng by conquering Taiwan,... Of the many US-China conflicts right now — none is more dangerous over the long haul than that involving Taiwan. Express (UK), 7-29-2020: Harvard prof.: Unfortunately, there is possibility of an armed confrontation. Nobody wants it, and everybody would lose if a war erupts. 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... VICE 7-24-2020: facing a CCP congress in 2022 that will determine the renewal of his chairmanship of the party—Taiwan could become a bargaining chip.
LOWY Institute 7-17-2020: Taiwan tiptoes in cross-strait relations. Tokyo Review (Japan), 7-25-2020: Taiwan is where Japan would have to draw the line . 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. Daily Mail, 7-22-2020: China has made several 'simulated' military attacks on Taiwan. Daily Express (UK) 7-21-2020: WAR will break out between China and the US in the South China Sea if Beijing violates the alliance agreement between America and Taiwan. Bloomberg 7-20-2020: Beijing is no doubt waiting to see the outcome of the U.S. presidential election before taking any more significant actions. National Interest 7-18-2020: This will be much more difficult and costly than Hong Kong has been, but make no mistake: for these (CCP) people, that cost is deemed as necessary and they will gladly pay it. Unless the United States binds itself to protect the independence of Taiwan on pain of war, Taiwan is next. Asia Times, 7-20-2020: US tech giants exposed if China takes Taiwan ... Even an unsuccessful invasion of Taiwan would cause a supply chain disruption. Foreign 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. 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 island democracy . 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. FoxNews 7-8-2020: The passage 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. National Interest 7-6-2020: China and Taiwan Could Be Headed Towards a Showdown... USA Today 7-5-2020: Taiwan has never been more important to American interests. 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. 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, ... American warships through the South China Sea and stepped up support for Taiwan and its military ... the possibility of confrontation would increase as the U.S. presidential campaign heated up. New 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... U.S. Warships Enter Disputed Waters of South China Sea as Tensions With China Escalate. Foreign Affairs, 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, 6-23-2020: Taiwan raps China for military activity, says it should fight virus instead. Bloomberg 6-24-2020, John Bolton : Taiwan was right near the top of the list (to be abandoned), and would probably stay there as long as Trump remained President, not a happy prospect . FoxNews, 6-23-2020: (US) Navy brings massive carrier power to Taiwan Strait, SCS . Express (UK) 6-23-2020: FEARS of a World War 3 have been ignited once again ... China: US warships have repeatedly trespassed into Chinese territorial and crossed the Taiwan Straits... South China Morning Post 6-24-2020: Risk of military conflict between US and China higher than ever...
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