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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Sep 2020 9:25 p.m. PST

""I believe the United States will fight to defend Taiwan if China invades Taiwan. In my opinion, it's unthinkable that the United States would stand by and allow China to conquer Taiwan." These are not the words of a wide-eyed Wilsonian or a neocon hawk. Rather, they come courtesy of John Mearsheimer, perhaps America's foremost realist foreign-policy scholar. If we accept Mearsheimer's assessment as a given—and there's no reason not to—the next step of the given would be trying to fend off such an attack or, even worse, trying to liberate a conquered Taiwan, which raises a crucial question: If it's unthinkable that America would allow the PRC to conquer Taiwan, wouldn't it be less costly and more prudent to do all we can now to deter Beijing from taking that step?

This is not a theoretical question. Beijing's words and actions suggest it is ready to move against Taiwan…"
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nsolomon9915 Sep 2020 10:01 p.m. PST

Its pretty simple really – the Taiwanese electronics manufacturers are too critical to global supply chains for them to be allowed to fall into the hands of Communist China.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Sep 2020 12:01 p.m. PST



Legion 416 Sep 2020 3:49 p.m. PST

That may be true !

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