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Has US anticipated consequences of posting troops in Taiwan region?

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AaronLDY

Oct 11, 2021, 10:20

"US troops have been deployed in Taiwan for at least a year," reads a headline from the Wall Street Journal. Quoting anonymous US defence officials, the article claims that "two dozen" members of US forces have been secretly stationed in China's Taiwan, helping separatist forces prepare for a potential military confrontation with the mainland.

Although the story was neither confirmed or denied by the US, it ultimately seems plausible given the provocative and destabilizing actions Washington has taken in undermining its own commitment to the one-China policy and salami slicing in a subtle backing of Taiwan independence by encouraging the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

In doing this, the United States is playing with fire. This amounts to an illegal incursion into China's own sovereign and internationally recognized territory. It's also an explicit violation of America's own specific commitments since its establishing official diplomatic relations with China in 1979.

Such provocative moves could lead to a crisis that the world can hardly afford.

A week ago, President Joe Biden stated that the US and China had agreed to keep what he described as the Taiwan agreement. He did not give insight into what this means, but nevertheless this refers to a number of communiques the two countries set out together when establishing diplomatic relations. Although this agreement did not resolve all points of difference pertaining to Washington and Beijing, what it did establish is that the People's Republic of China is the sole and only legal government of China, and therefore the one-China policy in accordance.

But there was more to it than that. The Shanghai Communique of 1972 establishes that the US would refrain from posting military forces on the island. The text states, "The liberation of Taiwan is China's internal affair in which no other country has the right to interfere; and all US forces and military installations must be withdrawn from Taiwan."

The US itself also stated in that document, the United States "reiterates that it has no intention of infringing on Chinese sovereignty and territorial integrity, or interfering in China's internal affairs, or pursuing a policy of 'two Chinas' or 'one China, one Taiwan.'"

However, if its forces are on the island, the US is dangerously supporting separatism and breaching its own agreement that it would not post troops. Apart from deploying its military personnel there, it has been repeatedly selling arms to the island. In August, the US State Department approved an arms deal worth $750 million to Taiwan. These are among a slew of attempts in US militarization of the Chinese province.

This is the US that repeatedly preaches a "rules-based" order. This is a violation that could pose enormous consequences – uprooting peace, stability and prosperity in the region with a step towards a potential war.

It should be clear that the one-China policy is an inalienable and non-negotiable foundation of China's foreign policy as a whole. Beijing is prepared to do whatever it takes in order to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity – and at whatever cost may be applicable.

Biden's administration is not as unreasonable or erratic as Trump's. It has shown more willingness to compromise in certain areas, yet has nonetheless continued to ramp up a campaign of military containment targeted at China and to utilize Taiwan as a pawn on that chess board. This is a dangerous, destabilizing and destructive step which will only force China to take drastic countermeasures that could risk a spiral of escalation of tensions in ties.

Washington talks about peace, but has been acting the other way round. The same tactic has been applied repeatedly on Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, to name but a few. Now, the US intends to militarize Taiwan, again under the context of peace and freedom.

But did Washington realize that what it is facing this time, unlike what it encountered in previous crusades, is a country resolved, competent and prepared to fight against any provocations on its sovereignty? 

China's determination for national unification, just as Chinese President Xi Jinping said in his speech marking the 110th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution on Saturday, can never be underestimated. The US should evaluate what it can afford before any provocations. (Source:CGTN)

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longjohns

Of course the United States has thought this through.  China could not be defeated through force given its size and its nuclear arsenal.  However, China could wither if isolated from the rest of the world.  So the current US policy is designed to isolate China.  That is difficult to do so long as China act in a peaceful manner.  No one can afford an actual war with China so the idea is to play up and sacrifice Taiwan.  President Xi's recent emphasis on peaceful unification with Taiwan is a good counter point.  It should be repeated not only to the people in Taiwan but also to ordinary Americans in the United States.  Increase the sorties against US movements, not against Taiwan.  When the United States realize that any war will be started against America instead of Taiwan then the Taiwan card fails.  That's the way to emphasize peace without looking weak.

markwu

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markwu

Reading the US chromosome, it may also give nukes to the Taipei regime and retrospectively get its allies to collectively recognize the island as an independent country, both to increase the pain to the CPC for taking back the island.

The outcomes of doing either or both (and other things) will however be too costly as well for the US and its followers; the world will never be the same again for them into all forseeable futures.

markwu

The US is testing China's red line on Taiwan.

Today it may be military trainers and US weapons on China soil in Taiwan. Tomorrow it could be submarine bases on the east coast of the island or Thaad spy radars or land-based Aegis missile systems.  Taipei has in fact broached the idea that US jetplanes be stationed on its 13 airbases or hidden in its bunkered caves for rapid take-off from highways.

With the island only 100 miles from the Mainland, any US military presence on air, land and water of the island will advantage it with faster attacks by air or sea, closer proximity for counter-offensives on land, and a fixed logistics base to replenish weapons used.  US presence on the island will overcome response-time limitation of its forces based in Guam (3,000 miles away) and elsewhere. The Taipei regime may also mine the Straits to make it impassable.

At the same time, the US is weaponizing its soft power against China. Failing to put the blame on China for the virus, the US deployed more funds under its Strategic Competition Act to get its supposedly 'free' press to demonize her further after instigating riots in HongKong and violence in Xinjiang.  Failing with all three targets, it is now targeting her objective to bring Taiwan home and achieve final national rejuvenation to erase the memory of the past so as to achieve healthy and pathbreaking reformation.

That past is one of unforgettable sorrow. To try and stop Japan's merciless imperial army from taking its Wuhan base after it had commited the most horrific massacre in human history in Nanjing, the Chiang regime blew up the dikes in Henan to flood the advance, knowingly drowning half a million Mainlanders and driving millions away to starve as flood refugees at the height of their grains harvesting season.

The Japanese imperial army merely converted to amphibious forces and took Wuhan within months later.

Losing to the CPC and relocating to Taiwan island when Japan surrendered whose forces then shed their uniforms and naturalized on the island, the Chiang regime corruptly took with it all the wealth and arts of China, again knowingly causing the Mainland to languish for years.

Coming up from a family whose fortune was made in Japan-stolen Manchuria, the DPP's Tsai of today is on the other side of Chiang's KMT whose US-trained nationalist forces had initially chosen to fight the CPC rather than the brutal Japanese invaders eating up the heartland of the Motherland.

Now the question can be posed:

If Japan's trade route is further east of Taiwan and in international waters, why should it be so bothered about Taiwan?

Which begs the next question:

Could it be because the Taipei regime of past and present still carry the DNA of Shimonoseki so that the Tsai secessionist clique is actually traceable to Imperial Japan's interests nurtured forward even to this day to still have a piece of China after Tokyo realized it can no longer swallow the whole of China?

It is rich of Kishida-Kono-Taro-Abe to say Japan will be loud on human rights.  What's so right about live vivesections and bacteria mass warfare by Japan's Unit 731 and the brutalities committed by its murderous battalions in Nanjing to compare with stopping violence to safeguard economic progress of Xinjiangers and HongKongers? What's so right about trying to stop China's reclaim of her island for it to be a thriving and peaceful SAR?

The little tojo's in Tokyo, wearing etonian coattails of looting imperialist Britain and purloining the culture from a China of their own roots whose land they had however soaked in human blood,  should check their own credentials first before they try to play their geopolitical machinations to ape their American master which is a clique member of the Anglo-Saxon's whose only standard principle applied to all others is to divide and conquer.

As for the US, its Flying Tigers over the air of China in '41-'42 was said to be made of volunteers; actually they were paid so handsomely for bringing down each Zero they could have been labelled mercenaries.  And the same mercenary instinct is in play today over Taiwan: a strategic military proxy-base at China's doorstep coupled with proxy control over TSMC.

The young in Taiwan no longer know the history of the island because, starting with Lee and Chen of nipponese specks, the umbilical cord of Taiwan to its Motherland has been systematically ruptured. 

After all, how can an island which is only 100 miles from the Mainland but 1,344 miles from Japan be closer to Japan unless the policies have been slanted towards Japan by anti-China secessionists in office implanted with Japanese influence and interest ever since last century, a Japan which however remains a puppet to its master, a US which is 6.303 miles away.

And for all this, the US wish to risk the lives of its young in a region of declining economic value to it when they could instead be slurping lionhead pork noodles somewhere in Shanghai?

The US and Japan should stop their common charade over China once and for all.  Decide one way or another, Taiwan is coming home.



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