A View from Afar – LIVE @ MIDDAY Thursday October 14: In this podcast, Paul G. Buchanan and Selwyn Manning will analyse how Taiwan is delicately navigating its way between two clashing global powers. On one side there’s China and on the other is the USA.
Taiwan has been self-governing for over 70 years. It insists it wants to remain an independently governed economy.
But recently, the People’s Republic of China’s leader Xi Jinping stated China wishes to reunify Taiwan and assert control over the South East Asia nation.
And, on the other hand, the United States of America has restated its defence commitment to Taiwan. The Pentagon this week said the US’ commitment to Taiwan is rock solid, and, in recent weeks it has been reported that US military forces have been present on Taiwanese soil.
But how committed is the US really? Will the US come to Taiwan’s defence should China invade?
And, what would China gain strategically if it did invade, and, what would China lose if a regional conflict occurred?
Taiwan’s leader said this week that it will not submit to China’s will on the issue of its independence, but rather it will use diplomacy to find a way through – that is unless China did invade.
So what is the most likely outcome of this situation? How can China back off, save face, and get back to the business of economic mutual interest?
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