Monday, December 27

More Saber Rattling from the Chinese

From China Day:
Beijing's latest white paper on defence includes its strongest warning yet to Taiwan separatist forces.

It is a "very strong" warning to Taiwan independence forces, said leading experts from the Chinese People's Liberation Army think-tank.
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"Should the Taiwan authorities go so far as to make a reckless attempt that constitutes a major incident of 'Taiwan independence,' the Chinese people and armed forces will resolutely and thoroughly crush it at any cost," says the white paper.
Including nuclear war? I hope that this is little more then propaganda. If Taiwan were to declare independence and the US were to stand in its defense, China would be risking a lot if they moved against Taiwan. This scenario is unlikely, however. Taiwan is not likely to move strongly toward independence in the near future because of the makeup of its current government and US pressure not to make such a move.