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All Eyes Turn To Taiwan

AMAC Exclusive By: Joshua Charles

Taiwan

As the Biden administration abandons US allies in Afghanistan, other countries around the world – both American friends and foes – have taken notice. Nowhere is this more true than in the South China Sea, where Taiwan has suddenly been left wondering if its most important ally might suddenly abandon it in the face of the growing Chinese threat.

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) controlled media outlets have also seized on the opportunity, gloating over the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan and what it portends for Taiwan.  China’s Global Times openly mocked Taiwan for relying on American aid for its defense, saying that “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?” If the Americans didn’t keep their commitments in Afghanistan after 20 years of blood and treasure, the CCP asks, why would they keep them to Taiwan?

It’s a fair question in light of all that has transpired in Afghanistan. President Biden clearly didn’t recognize the strategic importance of preventing a hostile takeover of the country. If he makes that same mistake with Taiwan, the results may be even more catastrophic.

First, a little history is in order. Americans need to be reminded why we support Taiwan.

After the allied victory in World War II, China descended into civil war, with the Communists on one side and the Nationalists on the other. The Chinese Communist Party was the victor, and established the People’s Republic of China on the mainland in 1949. The Nationalists fled to the island of Taiwan.

The two regions—mainland China, and the island of Taiwan—have remained under separate governments ever since. The CCP has insisted on a “one China” policy in its foreign relations. In other words, the CCP views Taiwan as a renegade province and expects the rest of the world to adopt the same view. Any government with full diplomatic relations with China must acknowledge this policy, which means few nations recognize Taiwan as an independent country—today, only fifteen total. The United States is not among them.

In 1979, the United States re-established relations with China. In its “Joint Communique” with the Chinese government, the US “acknowledged” China’s position on Taiwan. This was intentionally ambiguous, however, and the United States does not necessarily recognize Taiwan as part of China, as the CCP contends.

Nonetheless, the United States has not affirmed Taiwanese independence. But it has stood for a strong “unofficial” relationship with Taiwan through the nonprofit “American Institute in Taiwan,” while Taiwan maintains a similar institute in Washington. This “unofficial” relationship has included economic and scientific cooperation, but most importantly military assistance. The Biden administration, for example, just recently approved a nearly $1 billion arms sale to Taiwan. This during a time when China has been increasing pressure in the South China Sea just south of Taiwan, and conducting more invasion drills near Taiwan.

Today, Taiwanese independence and security remains important to the United States for three main reasons: freedom, technology, and world trade.

Freedom: In short, Taiwan is a free society, and China is not. Every year, the Freedom House think tank ranks countries according to how free they are, based on an evaluation of the extent to which they respect political rights and civil liberties. Taiwan scored 94/100 for 2021. By contrast, China scored 9/100, and they observed that “China’s authoritarian regime has become increasingly repressive in recent years” under Chairman Xi Jinping. The United States has a long-term interest in supporting free societies around the world against totalitarian dictatorships that seek world domination, like China.

The story of Hong Kong makes clear what would happen should the CCP ever gain control of Taiwan. In 1997, the UK gave Hong Kong back to China after the CCP committed to a “one country, two systems” policy that preserved many of Hong Kong’s freedoms. But over the last several years, that arrangement has been eviscerated, and Hong Kong is now under the same iron boot as the rest of China.

Technology: Whoever has the most advanced technology will likely have the strongest economy, and national defense. Technology is key to US vital strategic interests, especially as the pace of innovation continues to increase. One of the single most important technologies upon which so many others depend are semiconductors. Whether it’s 5G, quantum computing, autonomous vehicles, computer chips, and many currently-existing technologies, semiconductors are essential. Without them, you can’t produce advanced technology of any kind—whether civilian or military.

Taiwan is home to most of the world’s most important semiconductor manufacturers, most notably the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), which produces many of the world’s most advanced chips. In 2020, the Trump administration convinced TSMC to build one of its new chip making facilities in Arizona. This is the biggest onshoring of a global supply chain in American history, one that is very important not only for our domestic economy, but national security. But despite this onshoring, a large majority of TSMC’s chip production continues to take place in Taiwan, and the new facility won’t be fully operational for a number of years. Taiwan will therefore remain crucial to the global chip supply for the foreseeable future. Chinese control of the industry would be disastrous.

World Trade: Approximately 80% of world trade is carried by sea, and it is estimated that 20-33% of that trade goes through the South China Sea just south of Taiwan. In recent years, China has grown increasingly aggressive in its territorial claims in the South China Sea, even going so far as to build artificial islands for use as military bases. If China were to control Taiwan, it would no doubt bolster its claims, and effective control, of the South China Sea, further increasing the Communist dictatorship’s influence over world trade. This would be a threat not only to the United States, but many regional allies and partners like South Korea, Japan, India, and Australia.

The CCP has made no secret about its ambitions to dominate Taiwan and undermine American influence in Asia. For decades, American military preeminence has kept Chinese aggression at bay. But Biden’s debacle in Afghanistan has perhaps convinced China it would have a better chance against the United States than previously thought. Would the United States keep its commitments to Taiwan, or would it fold, even if doing so was chaotic and detrimental to its international prestige? The world is watching to see who blinks first.

What happened in Afghanistan will not stay in Afghanistan.

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HocasPocas
3 months ago

When are we going to get these people out of our house?

Doyle
3 months ago

All Eyes better be staying on the Arizona audits the Georgia audit and the rest of the audits. Everything else they’re throwing up as a smokescreen.

SKYKING48
3 months ago

How fast will Biden and the feminized Sullivan cave on Taiwan?

Charles Nolan
3 months ago

China has said they will use make first use nuclear weapons on several occasions. The murderers of Tienanmen Square seem convinced that if they threaten US cities, and limit nuclear strikes to Asia, including US bases and naval vessels, that the US will not strike back at China with US nuclear weapons. Here we see that same thinking that “Americans won’t fight back” that lead the Imperial Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor.

PaulE
3 months ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

Don’t assume the Biden administration would actually stand up to anyone. They believe in “Peace at all costs.” I assume you understand what that means. These people around Biden and Biden himself are the same folks that did such a lousy job of exiting Iraq, that they allowed ISIS to be born and then spread across half of Iraq and Syria. Remember the famous red lines and tough talk, that was never followed through on? Well these are the folks that just gave us the most incompetent exit from Afghanistan possible. So I sincerely doubt they would actually fight back against China, when that finally comes to pass.

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Nice point and I concur.

HocasPocas
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

You are a fool if you think what this administration is doing isn’t deliberate

John Benson
3 months ago

Way to go Joe. You make me so proud. The only people more stupid than you are the people that voted for you.

Karen
3 months ago

I repeat……..China is telling Joey what to do. He and Hunter are China’s partners. Does anyone expect that boob to do anything for the USA?

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
3 months ago

Let’s all support China. Go to wal-mart at least once a week. Kyle L. P.S. Now known as China town.

CoNMTX
3 months ago

If China attacks Taiwan, will America abandon Taiwan? Duh, take a guess.

David Johnston
3 months ago

Have you noticed that many things from new cars, military equipment, new industrial equipment or new video game machines have their production backed up because computer chips are in short supply? Seems like everything but a loaf of bread has computer chips now, and the machines that make the bread are controlled by computerized machinery.
SO … where do these computer chips come from? Taiwan! Over 80% of the computer chips used by American manufacturers are made in Taiwan. Why? Because they do it cheaper, of course. The chips are largely designed in the United States by U.S. companies but the vast majority of them are manufactured in Taiwan.
THUS … if we allow China to take over Taiwan as they (the Chinese government) have been indicating that they are going to, our access to computer chips will be controlled by our number one enemy. Then, to be able to maintain our fighter jets, drones, communication equipment, etcetera, we would have to buy the parts from the Chinese communists. And, remember, they have stated that their number one goal is to control the entire world, including the U.S.A.
Perhaps it would be a good idea if Biden and company quit kissing the butt of Xi Jinping?

Charles Nolan
3 months ago
Reply to  David Johnston

The elites and the Obama packed bureaucracy feel that China will leave them in power, if they end the example of a free US economy, which embarrasses the Chinese Communist economic model.
After the people elected Trump, the elites and the bureaucracy decided that free speech and free elections are too dangerous to allow.

johnh
3 months ago

Thanks for Taiwan history lesson, interesting. A couple of days ago, 60-minutes had a good segment on the chip shortage at current time. Are you sure that had them build plant in Arizona in 2020? The INTEL plant in Phoenix is biggest in USA on 60-minutes.

Steven
3 months ago

I’m sure comrade Joe has already given up Taiwan in return for all the cash Hunter received for his finger-paintings…that, and for all the electronic votes received during the stolen election.

D.P.
3 months ago

As expected in relationship to our past history(ie. Taiwan), no real commitment to them has ever been officially stated, leaving the question in the fog of lack of resolve on the part of the U.S. Taiwan is at the cusp of our declining relationship with China, and when push comes to shove, Afghanistan will be the pattern. China and it’s leaders have a far reaching view into the future while our leadership cannot see past their noses…….China’s win, Taiwan’s loss. The incompetence of our leadership is dumbfounding.
We stammer about, stumble and bumble in all the wrong places at all the wrong times….again and again…..make your own list….the southern border, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran sanctions, kissing up to terrorists, slamming our own economy for profit, shunning Israel, making our republic a socialist hot bed, increases in our national debt that spells bankruptcy, a President who is lost, an administration that lies, and lies again to cover the lies. The only question now is how far will this go, before the “mushrooms” grow.

PaulE
3 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

I like your “mushrooms” reference. Not sure many here get it.

Eddie
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Got it,also!

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Got the “mushrooms” also. It is only a matter of time before the current Administration will turn its back on Taiwan and follow the next DIRECTIVE of the DS.

Charles Nolan
3 months ago
Reply to  Max

Is Biden the reincarnation of Neville Chamberlain, the inventor of peace through surrender?

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  Charles Nolan

From one stand point, I can’t see Biden as a reincarnation of PM N. Chamberlain, however it would be a nightmare if it were to happen.

David Johnston
3 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

Rather scary scenario that you paint. The bad part is that you are exactly, precisely correct. The Biden regime appears to be focused on doing whatever they can to destroy the United States of America, and so far they have had a frightening amount of success toward that goal.
And related to “mushrooms”, the Chinese have a lot of satellites orbiting over our heads and we have no way of knowing what is inside them.

Last edited 3 months ago by David Johnston
PaulE
3 months ago

I have been watching even more closely the escalating activities of the Chinese as they relate to Taiwan for the last several weeks now. The Chinese have stepped up both their international PR efforts, to gauge what if any level of real international resistance (physical military push-back from western military powers) there might be, and their own increased military exercises near Taiwan itself. I would expect the CCP is very happy with what they are NOT seeing from either the United States or most of our allies.

Based on the fact that the United States, under the Biden administration, is highly unlikely to mount any sort of a forceful, competent response against China to aid Taiwan, the only two western allies that seem willing to independently send in any sort of naval force to try and assist Taiwan are the Japanese and the Australians. That of course would be insufficient firepower to deter the CCP in their quest to forcibly take back Taiwan and thus control the world’s primary source of all IC chips used to power our technological world.

Lets me honest here. The only nation on earth capable of matching the Chinese military is the United States and we have just demonstrated to the rest of the world that we will allow a band of 7th century illiterate thugs to dictate to us. The United States, under the Biden administration, as a result has destroyed any level of international unity with our allies that might have existed to provide a unified front against Chinese hostility towards Taiwan. We have lost the respect and cooperation of most of our allies and we have emboldened our enemies around the world.

North Korea last week restarted their plutonium reactor, so they can make more nuclear bombs. Now equipped with Chinese designed rockets, they no longer fear the United States. Iran will no doubt feel free to engage in more open terrorist acts across the Middle East. While Putin is already gearing up to re-take more former Soviet territory for Russia. Our allies are all scrambling to build up their own defenses in light of our debacle in Afghanistan, but that would take them many years to create any sort of credible deterrent. Yes I agree with the final sentence of the article above. What happened in Afghanistan will not stay in Afghanistan. That the American people continue to sit by and to allow this to continue only ensures things will get progressively worse.

D.P.
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

And remember, Japan, the Phillippines and others hold special attention for the Chinese….eventual retaliation against Japan (circa WWII), the resources in the far east, and the means to surround all opponents in the Pacific and on to the Indian ocean, north Africa, even eastern Europe (via Russia) as well as the Middle East. It’s the classic “pincer movement” on a grand, global scale. It seems all we can do is watch the dominoes fall, as our current administration fritters away the capacity to prevent a world takeover, and economic domination by China.

PaulE
3 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

I agree on all points. The Japanese seem well aware that after Taiwan, the Chinese will turn their attention towards Japan and the rest of the South China Sea and the Pacific. Moving east and south down towards Australia. They already have secured permanent sea ports and airports on the East African coast through their Belt and Road Initiative, so they have the means to project military power throughout the region.

With the ludicrous push by the globalists towards an all electric future, The “climate change” initiative that China has chosen to exempt themselves from, the Chinese are already positioned, again through their Belt and Road Initiative, to be the major supplier and refiner for everything from copper, lithium, cobalt, nickel, magnesium and rare earths. The Biden administration has already abandoned most, if not all, of the trade and manufacturing reforms President Trump under took to reduce our reliance on China. We, the major western world economies, are literally doing everything in our power to enable China to call all the shots.

The CCP is deadly serious about being the world’s lone economic and military superpower and that entails crushing all opposition and seizing all assets of value to China. With the United States effectively neutralized as an opposition force, under the Biden administration, this provides China with a golden opportunity to expedite their timetable on multiple fronts. All while the vast majority of the American people sit on their hands and wait for future elections that will all be rendered moot by legislation already being keyed up in Congress for a vote this year to ensure the outcomes are all fixed.

Steven
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

You just summed up my viewpoint of the world stage as it is today. Very few people seem to get it. Everybody keeps talking about the next election. We’re in a fight for our very survival and as you so eloquently put it, the American public is sitting on their hands and waiting…no, hoping things will turn around and get better.

Our founding fathers were very smart men. Not only did they put in checks and balances to ensure one branch of government didn’t gain too much power, they also gave us solutions to just about every possible problem they could foresee at the time. If we would just adhere to the Constitution, it gives us the answer/tools needed to protect this Union we call The United States of America.

Our problem is weak leadership and an apathetic populace.

Calvin Brown
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yup. If they get the bill passed that Pelosi is pushing, the voters will have essentially no say in who ‘wins’ the future elections. Scary stuff.

David
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well, exactly HOW do we remedy the situation in Washington?
We all know that Obiden, Kameltoe, Piglosi and Schummer all need to be removed from office, not to mention most other dumbocrats and more than a few RINO’s, but how do we organize to get the job done??? It’s going to take tens of millions of Patriots to have a chance of success!

Dave
2 months ago
Reply to  David

it would take less than 10,000 militia to take DC and replace the swamp with people that would bring us back to constitutional rule. The will is there, but not the organizational leadership

D.P.
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

While Japan sees clearly that they have a target on their back, and they may even still have some expectation that the U.S. will stand with them, what they saw happen in Afghanistan looms over that expectation. No pun intended, maybe it’s time to call the “Ghostbusters” with all the absurd things that have transpired this past eight months, they appear to be our only hope. Or get Obywan and a few dozen Jedi champions to come to the fray, how about Captain America, the Avengers, et.al…..I think many Americans have the idea that some “hero” is going to fly up and turn the tide…..like life is some movie or video game…..There is no shortage of idiocy in this nation, and too many citizens are just lazy, good for nothings who care, as do the polititians in charge, care, only for themselves. They can’t be bothered with the world as it drops into the flames of the hell it is being carried off to in the proverbial handbasket. God alone knows what’s coming.

PaulE
3 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

Well we know what’s coming and we’re not God. There are others out there as well. We just don’t happen to make up the majority or even a large minority at this point in American history. I agree with you that far too many Americans think there is some master reset switch that they can throw and someone will swoop in to save them as they do nothing to save themselves.

This nation wasn’t built by people expecting someone else to bail them out. It wasn’t built by people wringing their hands and going woe is me, as they waited for someone to save them from themselves doing nothing. We used to actually deal with our own problems and yes, sometimes it was very hard, messy and unpleasant. Still we got it done. We got off our collective a$$es and dealt with the problems and built, until recently, the most powerful, free and prosperous country on the planet.

Yet here we are today with a ridiculous number of Americans thinking that sitting on their hands until the next election cycle will magically wipe away all the damage this administration will be able to accomplish in the meantime. Look at the damage inflicted in just the last 7 months and the left is just getting started. Truly delusional thinking elevated to an absurd level. Yet nothing seems able to motivate the apathetic to do anything but whine and shrug their collective shoulders as they see the train roaring down the track and heading straight for them.

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Right again.

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Look at history, global power reigns in an area for approximately 250 years, then shifts to another part of the globe. The USA has held this power with its high point being the time of WW II and after. The slide of losing this power started in the mid 1960’s and accelerated the last 20 years. As much as I hate to state it, it looks China is in line to be the next superpower broker.

David Johnston
3 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

IF it comes to all out war, it won’t be like 1940. The Chinese have hypersonic missiles which could take out all our aircraft carriers in about 15 minutes. They have nuclear bombs, including EMP weapons which could shut off the electricity in 90% of the U.S. in a manner that would take at least a year to repair. If Biden handles it like they did Afghanistan we would be part of China by the end of the week.

Max
3 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

Very good and accurate assessment.

Nick Patriot
3 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Thank you for you intelligent insight sir. I wish it wasn’t true.

Avion
3 months ago

This is exactly how Nazi Germany began its conquest of Europe. First by taking over areas it claimed belonged to greater Germany. Just like China says Taiwan belongs to them.

Calvin Brown
3 months ago
Reply to  Avion

History repeats itself. And like many empires before us, if we don’t get this situation fixed where anti-Americans are in control of our country, we are soon to follow into the abyss.

Eamonn Thomas Smyth
3 months ago

China is a bully and Taiwan is seen as an easy target. Under this administration they are more interested in currying favor to China. It would in the USA interest to have base in Taiwan to send a message to China that they are not a easy pushover.

Joseph
3 months ago

Well the DemocRats are commies these days so I guess it’s pretty obvious who they will side with. The CCP, no doubt. Get out and vote in 2022. Please. KAG

Steven
3 months ago
Reply to  Joseph

I suppose you believe in rainbows and unicorns too. The DEMONcrats have already proven they can steal an election and get away with it. Do you really think things will change within a year? I’m not a pessimist, but I do call em like I see them. Things need to change and they need to change soon, or this country as we know it will be lost forever.

Calvin Brown
3 months ago
Reply to  Steven

Yes. If We the People don’t make enough noise to get the state legislatures to fix their electoral processes, rules, regulations, laws and people in control before November 2022, we likely will not see an honest election again, ever.

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