American leaders continue developing increasingly tight ties with communist China, a brutal country which is also the greatest, long-term national security threat. This alone is atrocious. But it’s even worse when considering that the collusion weakens the American ability to respond in the face of increasing Chinese aggression. One instance of this increasing aggression is against Taiwan. And if China eventually attacks it, the U.S. will have a difficult time stopping it.
And the threat is massive.
(U.S. Army soldier Staff Sgt. Paulenrick Norva and People’s Liberation Army soldier Lt. Peng Zhou pose for a photo with bush tucker during Exercise Kowari at Daly River Region, Northern Territory, Australia, Sept. 2, 2016. Photo by Lance Cpl. Osvaldo Ortega.)
The coziness between China and American corporations, government, and other elites is outrageous, and the American people should be angered by it. But it’s even worse because of how these entanglements complicate any attempts to counter Chinese hostile actions—hostile actions that are becoming increasingly common.
In addition to the above-mentioned threats, the Chinese have expanded their military presence into Africa. They are also exerting their might in the South China Sea. They are talking about the possibility of going to war against the U.S. And they are making it increasingly clear that they are ready to launch an attack against Taiwan—the Republic of China—in an effort to unite it with the PRC.
So how will the U.S. respond to a war on Taiwan if (or when) it happens? Will America do anything to protect the freedom-friendly nation? Or will it let its brutal, communist partner do whatever it wants and slaughter as many people as it needs to kill in order to take control of Taiwan? (And as the PRC has shown with Tiananmen Square, unlike Western nations, it does not care one wit about preserving civilian lives.)
If the U.S. chooses to engage the PRC to defend Taiwan it will suffer casualties, and likely many of them. The American public will have a low tolerance for this. Additionally, all the U.S. entanglements with China will complicate any potential intervention. After all, if America intervenes, what will happen to the billions of dollars of U.S. economic activity that relies on Chinese manufacturing and investment? Or what will happen to the thousands of U.S. citizens that are in China and would make convenient hostages?
Yet if it does nothing, America will further show that when push comes to shove, it sides with communist China. Furthermore, it will show that while it is prepared to wage wars against small, non-nuclear states such as Syria, it is not prepared take on nations that are equal to it and pose and existential threat to it. And that will send a signal to the world that brute strength is the best way to deal with the U.S.
American collaboration with the People’s Republic of China is repugnant in its own right. But the collusion with this gravest of national security threats makes the Chinese even more dangerous, and limits U.S. options against it as PRC hostilities grow. So if and when the communist China decides to wage war against Taiwan, it will be interesting to see how the U.S. responds to it . . . if it bothers responding to it at all.
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