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Is China going to move on Taiwan?
Posted by: hal
Date: May 10, 2019 01:45PM
I've suspected since the early days of the Trump presidency, that China would see an opportunity to take back Taiwan. Just offer to pay off the big guy and he will look the other way - right?

But if they are gonna do it, they had been get moving. Assuming that Trump will lose 2020, their window is going to start closing. Sure, Trump might win, but would they bet on that?

Spotting this article reminded me...

Taiwan says China has stepped up infiltration efforts

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said on Friday that China has stepped up efforts to infiltrate and gain influence in the self-ruled and democratic island, and asked national security agencies to counter the campaign.
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Re: Is China going to move on Taiwan?
Posted by: rjmacs
Date: May 10, 2019 01:47PM
Why, when they have Taiwan trapped in a corner, its government is fairly compliant, and wars in your backyard are destabilizing?



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Re: Is China going to move on Taiwan?
Posted by: max
Date: May 10, 2019 04:35PM
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rjmacs
Why, when they have Taiwan trapped in a corner, its government is fairly compliant, and wars in your backyard are destabilizing?
Mostly this....

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hal
I've suspected since the early days of the Trump presidency, that China would see an opportunity to take back Taiwan. Just offer to pay off the big guy and he will look the other way - right?

Your Trump Derangement Syndrome is blinding you to the answer plainly explained in your own link....




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"We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means, it is an end.
One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution;
one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship."
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Re: Is China going to move on Taiwan?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: May 12, 2019 10:07AM
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rjmacs
Why, when they have Taiwan trapped in a corner, its government is fairly compliant, and wars in your backyard are destabilizing?

Mianzi: The Importance of Face

The concept of face (mianzi) in Chinese culture is a complex one. It can perhaps be most closely defined as “dignity” or “prestige”, but no translation can aptly cover all its fine nuances. It’s easy for a foreigner to unwittingly cause an embarrassing situation. One of the worst things that can happen to someone in Chinese culture is to “lose” face. A Chinese idiom goes, “Men can’t live without face, trees can’t live without bark.” Accordingly, after having lived in China for a while, you will start to notice the ways that Chinese people go out of their way to save face for each other.
[www.internations.org]

Having said that, as long as Taiwan Chinese Taipei RollingEyesSmiley5has enough firepower, China won't do it.
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"All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing."
-- Edmund Burke
“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."
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"To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public." Theodore Roosevelt (1918)
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Re: Is China going to move on Taiwan?
Posted by: max
Date: May 12, 2019 07:24PM
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Rolando
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rjmacs
Why, when they have Taiwan trapped in a corner, its government is fairly compliant, and wars in your backyard are destabilizing?

Mianzi: The Importance of Face

Bullcrap, face has nothing to with the situation here, everybody knows where they stand, where the limits are, Mainland actions are to signal not to cross these lines.
One reason Hong Kong still has its measure of autonomy, because it is the precedent setting model for Taiwan.....
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