For the past 70 years, Taiwan has existed in a geopolitical gray area. Internally, it governs itself like an independent nation, complete with a strong economy and thriving democratic system. But China has always insisted that the island is part of its territory, a stance that has made other world powers hesitant to recognize Taiwan’s sovereignty.
Chinese leaders have long expressed a desire to bring Taiwan, which sits about 100 miles off China’s coast, back under the full control of the mainland communist government.
President Xi Jinping reiterated China’s commitment to “reunification” in a speech over the weekend. Xi repeatedly said he sought a “peaceful” way to bring Taiwan back into the fold, but some global affairs experts believe the threat of a military invasion is becoming increasingly likely.
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WNU Editor: In the past this topic (U.S. going to war to defend Taiwan) would never bee brought up. But after the abandonment of Afghanistan by the Biden administration, this is a question that is becoming more and more common.
Update #2: The U.S. is not the only country having this discussion …. Would Australia go to war over Taiwan? (ABC News Australia). And here …. Japan can Only Succeed in Self-Defense if it’s Prepared to Help Defend Taiwan (Japan Forward).