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Would the U.S. Defend Taiwan?


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Pretty
- 4282 days ago - washingtonbureau.typepad.com
Here's the $64,000 question: Under what circumstances would the White House send the U.S. military in to defend Taiwan? I'm going to wade into a minefield today. Bear with me. You may see me get blown up.



   

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James S (25)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 2:51 pm

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Dave Kane (308)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 2:55 pm
Well it seems realistically they would be on their own. I'm sure we would say lotsa things, things that sounded tough, but there wouldn't be much to do. As stated in the article the Chinese would almost certainly have things all wrapped up in a day or two.

The Chinese pretty much own us nowadays. I seriously doubt we would do anything beyond shouting and waving fingers around. The times they are a'changing. IMHO of course ; )

And the Chinese government (unlike some others) doesn't like doing anything it hasn't already planned out in advance. Well planned long in advance. Did I say WELL PLANNED? They certainly have a greater sense of history and their place in it than we americans do. And they are also looking to be the next big boy on the block, so Taiwan may even turn out to be the way they show the world that they can do as they please, regardless of American rhetoric.

Then again they also know the value of peace -- we'll just have to see I guess.

How about this one -- will they (the Chines) continue to migrate to, and settle in, Russia's far west, and will that lead to a full blown Russia-China conflict?

Oy! No wonder people become apathetic. Easy to get overwhelmed. I'm going on vacation for a few hours -- see ya later ; )
 

Marian E (152)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 3:17 pm
How much oil do they have?
 

Pretty K (54)
Saturday August 25, 2007, 8:43 pm
I think he said "oy", Mirian, not "oil". (*chuckle* -- just kidding)

The reason I chose this article, though, was because of the increased "bed partnering" this government is doing with the Chinese. Apparently, the writer of the article was doing some wondering too.

I was hoping to get some opinions.

 
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