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China Says Based On Afghanistan, There’s No Way US Will Be Able To Defend Taiwan

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With US troops leaving Afghanistan and the Taliban taking over, other countries are taking notice. Some view the United States’ decision to pull our soldiers as a sign that we will abandon our allies. Amongst those expressing concern is China, who’s questioning whether the US will defend Taiwan.

A Global Times editorial questioned what would happen should a war break out: “Once a cross-Straits war breaks out while the mainland seizes the island with forces, the US would have to have a much greater determination than it had for Afghanistan, Syria, and Vietnam if it wants to interfere.”

The Global Times is an online tabloid launched in 2009 that describes itself as a media space that tentatively broke away from the journalistic tradition seen as normal in the Chinese media landscape, which avoids touching upon conflict and confrontation. It, however, distances itself from the other extreme, namely, designed provocation that is common in Western media’s China reportage. Given the circumstances in China, the Global Times takes great pains to present facts and views that could help the readers better understand China.

Within their editorial, Global Times compared the recent US exit from Afghanistan as abandonment: “Taiwan is the region that relies on the protection of the US the most in Asia, and the island’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) authorities have made Taiwan go further and further down this abnormal path. The situation in Afghanistan suddenly saw a radical change after the country was abandoned by the US. And Washington just left despite the worsening situation in Kabul. Is this some kind of omen of Taiwan’s future fate?”

Hopefully we won’t reach the point of finding out whether the United States needs to defend Taiwan.

Written by Anthony Farris

Anthony is a former high school basketball intramural champion who played a leading role in creating two offspring. He spends his weekends hoping for an MTV Rock N' Jock revival.

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  1. We don’t need to be the police of the world.

    In case the last 20 years hasn’t taught is anything – its that such tactics are not feasible.

    If it was a joint effort of Canada France Germany US & Great Britain then maybe things would be different. But it’s not so let’s sit this one out

  2. This cuts both ways… could China sustain an invasion against Taiwan… i small determined rebel force can accomplish a lot. Although China would probably just kill everyone and replace them. Although they would suffer brain drain. I guess they’ve done it before.

  3. China knows that Afghanistan is not the same situation as Taiwan. They like to saber rattle to project strength. The biggest difference is that the Taiwanese HATE China and their people WILL FIGHT them with or without the US. The day China decides they’re going to try to invade Taiwan will be the day they feel their first serious counter punch in quite a long time, and it won’t be from the US. China invading Taiwan won’t be an easy task, but will be like trying to reach down and grab a coiled rattlesnake.

    • Do you have confidence in this president and whoever has their hand up his butt to make his mouth move, this VP, or these generals who were more interested in twitter slap fights than making sure the draw down in Afghanistan didn’t devolve into the scenes of chaos we’ve seen the past couple days to be able to put up anything resembling a competent defensive shield over Taiwan?

      The courage and ability of our rank and file soldiers, seamen, airmen, or marines is not in dispute. They are, to the very last of them, the best in the world at what they do and are magnitudes of brave beyond anyone else. Unfortunately, the military is rotting from the top downward – has been for years. Hopefully this is already rock bottom, but I’m a cynic.

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