The wind is blowing and it is raining. When I started writing this post, the Internet and phone had been out for several days. I thought the storm had caused it, but it turned out vandals broke into several junction boxes and cut the lines to thousands of homes. It took several days before being reconnected.
Until you lose your connection to the Internet, you do not realize how much your life has been taken over by the virtual beast.
I have The Economist’s (TE) December 4th issue in front of me. It has a fourteen page, six-part, special report on The dangers of a rising China.
Don’t read much into that title. After reading the report, you will realize the danger comes more from the US than China. One sentence says, “The best way to turn China into an opponent is to treat it as one.”
There’s a message in this sentence the US government should heed.
In fact, as China expands into the world economically and militarily, what happens in the future is up to America more than China.
In Half a cheer for China, which comes before the 14 page report, TE quoted Antonio Chiang, a political analyst and former editor-in-chief of the Taipei Times, as saying, “The point of no return (for Taiwan rejoining the mainland sometime in the future) has already passed”.
Chiang believes that President Ma Ying-jeou’s administration’s goal is to unify with China. If this happens, this will not go over well in the US after selling billions of high-tech weapons to Taiwan.
After all, if Taiwan unites with China, all of those US weapons may belong to China.
This topic will be continued in Part 2. Meanwhile, learn of the 2/28 Massacre in Taiwan
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