Scholar says Beijing eager to take Taiwan preemptively in case of conflict with US

Academic suggests Taiwan issue likely to cause conflict between US, China, warns of possible world war

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/07/30
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A political science scholar has said that China is eager to take Taiwan and turn it into a submarine base as a precaution as tensions between Beijing and Washington continue to rise, according to a BBC report.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s recent speech at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in Southern California is a proclamation of the start of a new cold war, the report said. He announced a new approach in engaging with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP): "Distrust and verify.”

He stated, "If we bend the knee now, our children's children may be at the mercy of the CCP, whose actions are the primary challenge to the free world."

Pompeo’s remark comes after the State Department ordered China to shutter its consulate in Houston, accusing the diplomatic office of being "a hub of spying and IP theft." China then retaliated by closing the U.S. consulate in the Chinese city of Chengdu.    [FULL  STORY]

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