THIS little island is just half the size of Tasmania. But over the next few years, it risks sparking a war that will “change the course of history”.
Date: September 16, 2018
By: Gavin Fernando
IN RECENT years, there’s been a lot of talk about North Korea’s nuclear weapons, Beijing’s rising power and growing tensions in the South China Sea.
As we speak, China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s most powerful country by the end of the next decade and is on a mission for global domination.
But the most dangerous trigger point for global conflict has nothing to do with reclusive dictators, big nuclear buttons or trade wars with the West.
It’s over a tiny island sitting less than 200km to China’s east.
WHY TAIWAN IS A TRIGGER POINT FOR BATTLE
Taiwan is just 36,000sq km — around half the size of Tasmania. But for a country with such a small land mass, it sits at the centre of a big and dangerous feud.
Taiwan has its own self-ruling democratic government and sees itself as a sovereign nation. But Beijing regards the island as a renegade province of China that will one day return to the fold — or be taken by force if necessary. [FULL STORY]