Why U.S.-China military tensions over future of Taiwan could rise | Trudy Rubin

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: November 29, 2019
By: Trudy Rubin

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen delivers a speech during National Day celebrations in front of the Presidential Building in Taipei, Taiwan, last month. In the national day address, President Tsai said China was threatening the island “nonstop” and posing a major challenge to regional peace and stability.

TAIPEI, Taiwan — While the world’s eyes have focused on democracy protests in Hong Kong, far less attention has been paid to Hong Kong’s spillover effect on Taiwan, a nearby island republic off the coast of China.

Here’s why Americans need to be more aware of Taiwan’s vibrant democracy of 23 million people, with its tight educational, high-tech, and military ties to the USA: Its fate is the issue most likely to spark a military confrontation between Washington and Beijing.

And the reverberations of the pro-democracy revolt in Hong Kong almost guarantee that tensions between China and Taiwan will rise in the near future. Especially as Taiwan heads for presidential elections early next year.    [FULL  STORY]

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