So sang the world’s largest collectivist nation state’s Brigadier General Chen Beng at his recent hello at Nat’l Def U.
“The world has no need to worry, let alone fear, China’s growth. China never intends to challenge Great Satan”
‘Cept – for – you know – Taiwan.
Oh, it’s true! For whatever reasons, mainland China just cannot tolerate a fun, free choice little sister (that happens to be a real live democoracy) less than 100 naughtical miles off shore. And American hook ups with Taiwan are, frankly, queering the mix for China.
“Candidly speaking, it is one of the main sources of friction, Taiwan is a core interest for China”
General Chen LOL’d any concerns about China’s rising hyper puissance and kinda joked maybe America should loan PLA some cash to modernize.
Faster than one could yell “Run Away! Run Away!” CATO’s Chief Retreatist – the avuncular TGC warned that when it comes to Taiwan – China’s power projection for Taiwanese reunification is off the hook and deadly serious.
“China’s wise decision not to mount a global military challenge to the United States does not mean that Beijing accepts a continuing U.S. hegemony in East Asia and the western Pacific. Indeed, the focus of the PLA’s modernization effort is on weaponry—from anti-ship missiles, to new submarines, to anti-satellite systems, to cyber warfare capabilities—that is clearly directed against Washington’s ability to intervene in China’s neighborhood.
“The primary underlying purpose is to deter the United States from intervening on behalf of Taiwan, if a crisis erupted, or failing that, to defeat U.S. forces in a showdown. More broadly, Beijing aims to have the military power to make good on its territorial claims in the East China and South China seas, despite U.S. opposition.
“U.S. policymakers need to make a sober assessment of the situation and decide if it is worth the cost and risk to try to preserve America’s eroding dominance on China’s eastern oceanic flank. The evidence suggests that within the next decade or two, the cost and risk required to thwart China’s regional strategic objectives will mount to a very high level. General Chen’s soothing words do not change that reality.