America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over by Ted Galen Carpenter

By Ted Galen Carpenter

One factor could lead on to a disastrous struggle among the us and China: Taiwan. more and more Taiwanese wish independence for his or her island and regard mainland China as an alien kingdom. Mainland chinese language examine Taiwan a province that was once stolen from China greater than a century in the past, and their endurance approximately getting it again is donning skinny. Washington formally endorses a "one China" coverage but additionally sells palms to Taiwan and continues an implicit pledge to guard it from assault. That imprecise, muddled coverage invitations miscalculation by way of Taiwan or China or either. the 3 events are on a collision direction, and except anything dramatic adjustments, an armed clash is nearly inevitable inside of a decade. even though there's nonetheless time to keep away from a calamity, time is operating out. during this ebook, wood worker tells the reader what the U.S. needs to do speedy to prevent being dragged into struggle.

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Song Jiaoren founded the KMT in opposition to Yuan’s rule, and was promptly assassinated. However, the KMT itself grew in support, and Yuan’s power shrank. The country soon descended into anarchic warlordism. Ideological fissures deepened among intellectuals, who were often as divided as the warlords. The KMT and the newly formed Chinese Communist Party (CCP) emerged as the leading political forces by the end of the 1910s. Chiang Kai-shek, a former aide to Sun and a military leader in his own right, slowly rose to promi- The Origins of the Taiwan Problem, 1895–1979 33 nence within the Kuomintang in the 1920s and effectively consolidated his power so that, by the end of the decade, the CCP had been scattered and the KMT was relatively stable.

The president warned the Chinese ambassador that the seizure of the islands was “completely unacceptable,” and that Beijing’s “reckless actions” risked igniting a war between the United States and China. But the ambassador was in no mood to give ground. S. military units into the Taiwan Strait. S. moves. Indeed, the next day, the PRC defense ministry announced that it was imposing a blockade on “the renegade province of Taiwan” and warned all ships to refrain from approaching Taiwanese ports. The blockade announcement combined with the seizure of the offshore islands sent Taiwan’s supporters in the United States into a rage.

If the Chinese dictatorship succeeds in conquering Taiwan, where will it stop? Korea will likely be next, and Japan not long after. America’s entire position in East Asia and its credibility throughout the world will be destroyed if we do not act resolutely now. But if we do have the courage to lead, other nations will follow us and stand up to the communist aggressors. To the advocates of appeasement, it should be said that it is better to have a small war now than to have a 20 America’s Coming War with China larger and much more destructive war later.

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