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Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Don't forget the threat to Taiwan
As of this morning, Communist China has nearly 1,000 missiles pointed at the island democracy of Taiwan. Given the threat from the Taliban/al Qaeda and the Iranian mullahcracy, there is always a danger we will forget the danger Taiwan faces from the Communists. In fact, given the Communists' support for the mullahs and the terrorists, that may be the whole point.
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The ChiComs have been targeting the Islands of Quemoy and Matsu since the 1940's. It's only been because of the position taken by the US and other Western powers that they haven't succumbed to invasion yet.
Good idea McGuire to remind us all of the ongoing danger.
Posted by: Ralph Rattfuc | 2007-01-30 10:05:45 AM
The Mullahs may be laughing at China.
If a thousand warheads were to accidentally be fired at Taiwan, China would be ostarcized from every single community on the planet earth.
Posted by: Lady | 2007-01-30 10:57:44 AM
The ChiCom cartel will do business with anyone who can further their new found lust for profiteering capitalization...from foamy mouthed Iranians to schitzophenic tyrants from Korea to former ( and current) ideological enemies like the USA...they have no scruples at all where profit and securing their position as a global economic force is concerned.
I just resent Canadian admistrations feeding this toxic ChiCom leviathan with taxpayer's money. We all know we are competing against its slave labour and probably some day we'll be at war with the bastards. Why feed them the capital to cut our own throats....spending a loony at these Chinese junk stores buys 2 bullets for their military expansion.
Posted by: Wlyonmackenzie | 2007-01-30 3:55:58 PM
How right you are Wlyonmackenzie. Add to this all the left-wing Canadians chomping at the bit to give communist China more of our money as carbon credits. It is outrageous that we give foreign aid to the reds while they spend huge amounts on armaments without any outside threat.
Taiwan has been betrayed by most of the world, including the Americans, in order to suck up to red China and obtain access to her markets. In spite of all the pious claims, I doubt that the Americans would come to Taiwan's aid if attacked by the reds - especially with the Demos in charge. It is a sad case indeed.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-01-30 4:13:26 PM
The Chinese certainly have designs on Taiwan. At a time of their own choosing they will take it. A restraining of North Korea with a potential change of the NK regime will be offered to the Americans to keep them at bay. The Eastern Siberian region of Russia is also on the list (and will probably follow Taiwan): http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m2751/is_73/ai_109220705
Some Chinese also feel that they did not quite get even with Japan because of WWII. But they are a patient people; Taiwan first....
Keep Posting, D.J.
Posted by: Brent Weston | 2007-01-30 8:38:43 PM
Taiwan is already gone in an economic sense. The commercial ties between the island and the mainland are deep and irreversible. The only chattering interference is at the political level which has not caught up with the commercial reality.
It would be a big problem if one thinks China is communist and will stay communist.
The Chinese people were never really communist and their government is on the road to a capitalist driven upheaval in their totalitarian ways. It might be very messy, maybe not, impossible to know. But China is changing dramatically and will continue to do so. There’s not much we can do about it and my bet is it will eventually turn out OK.
Having said that, there are a lot of billionaire quasi capitalist party members who like the totalitarian game just as it is and that is what Harper has recognized as the underlying problem that we as Canadians want to expose rather than enable as the Liberals did.
Posted by: nomdenet | 2007-01-30 9:10:52 PM
Yes indeed Brent, red China continues to cultivate imperialist dreams, while arming herself to the teeth, which is why she is a serious threat. I am naturally referring to the communist regime.
I think nomdenet makes some very valid points also, and hope he is right about economics forcing a regime change in China. The Chinese people are not naturally inclined towards communism but remain very inclined towards free enterprise. This makes them very different from the Russians in my opinion. So far the result of opening the doors to a controlled capitalism has resulted in a class of filthy rich (makes the Americans pale) and extreme poor with no middle class to any extent. While all this is happening the red government remains terrified of losing its control, especially after having seen the destruction of the Soviet Union. They are no where ready to welcome or accept any loss of power to democracy. Only time will tell what the outcome will be.
Posted by: Alain | 2007-01-30 11:54:38 PM
This is what I'm worried about. The US has been bleeding itself badly in Iraq for almost 4 years, with no end in sight. China, meanwhile, on the strength of export-driven revenue and direct investment, both coming largely from the US, is amassing the biggest war machine the world has ever seen. They'll put on a great show for the world at the 2008 Summer Olympics, demonstrate to everyone just how cultured and humane and advanced Chinese society is...then attack Taiwan with everything it has after the Olympics are over.
Sound unlikely? Then what is China building up it's armaments for? The increase in military spending in China has been nothing short of astronomical. They're not just doing it for fun.
If it does happen, is the US prepared to meet that challenge? The alternative is almost unthinkable. Imagine if the entire world just sat there and watched a democratic country swallowed whole by a totalitarian aggressor. What message would that send to wannabe dictators everywhere? What message would Putin take from it? The long term repricussions of such a scenario would make Hungary 1956 look like a teddybear's picnic.
Posted by: Raging Ranter | 2007-01-31 11:55:44 AM
I meant it is gone over, as in already integrated with the mainland. I agree with the rest of what you say.
Posted by: nomdenet | 2007-02-03 9:31:56 PM
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