China thinks US will abandon Taiwan, past American military operations prove otherwise

On Taiwanese sovereignty and war – part III: US deployed troops abroad more than 80 times since WWII, China must not doubt US military might

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/05/11
By: Shih Ming-te, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer

U.S. troops in Afghanistan (AP photo)

If China were to successfully occupy Taiwan, it would no longer merely be a country on the Asian continent. Such a victory would cement its claim as a Pacific military superpower.

The takeover would extend China's exclusive economic zone an additional 200 nautical miles east of Taiwan into the Pacific Ocean. China could then assert the related rights in the region, and Taiwan would become the home of China’s easternmost air and naval bases.

This would be a domain never before possessed by China throughout its history. The Qing Dynasty (1636-1911) never controlled land beyond the adjacent Yellow, East China, and South China Seas.

[A conquest of Taiwan] would surely constitute a breach in the Indo-Pacific framework promoted by the U.S. and Japan, and the situation in the region would change dramatically.

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