China-Japan Before China-Taiwan
Date: May 12, 2015
By: EconMatters

Some long time readers probably know I occasionally write about Asian geopolitics related to China and Taiwan.  Since Taiwan typically goes under the radar of major news media, I usually google browse both Chinese and English news about Taiwan.  Over the weekend, I came across one disturbing piece of article by Hugh White who’s a professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University in Canberra.  Excerpt below:

[T]he harsh reality is that no country is going to sacrifice its relations with China in order to help Taiwan…… China is simply too important economically, and too powerful militarily, for anyone to confront it on Taiwan’s behalf…….

Even more worryingly, this reality does not yet seem to have sunk in in Washington…. Any US effort to support Taiwan militarily against China would be almost certain to escalate into a full-scale US-China war and quite possibly a nuclear exchange. That would be a disaster for everyone….far worse than reunification [for the people of Taiwan itself]…….     [FULL  STORY]

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