The People’s Republic Army doesn’t need a battlefield to fight a battle.
“Chinese invasion of Taiwan may come sooner than expected,” announced Axios yesterday, breaking the bad news many foreign policy experts have warned might be coming.
“The Chinese government has repeatedly vowed to take control of the self-governing island, by force if necessary, and it reacts furiously to any gesture that seems to treat Taiwan as an independent state,” concluded Axios.
“U.S. Officials Grow More Concerned About Potential Action by China on Taiwan,” wrote Edward Wong, David E. Sanger and Amy Qin for the New York Times on July 25, 2022. “The Biden administration is watching for any moves by China to close off the Taiwan Strait, and they would prefer that Nancy Pelosi cancel her planned trip.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s scheduled trip to Taiwan is only the latest bone of contention between the U.S. and Chinese Communist Party leaders.
Looking at the current geopolitical state of the world, it’s easy to understand why world leaders are worried.
When Vladimir Putin broke ranks with the European Union, the United States and other allies to launch a full-scale military invasion into Ukraine, it may have been only the opening salvo in a new era of mounting global and region conflicts.
The landscape of the global economy, political factions, corporate interests; so many major shifts have taken place over the course of the COVID19 pandemic, the world scarcely looks as it did three years ago.
The European Union has been badly weakened; Germany’s heavy dependence on Russian energy passed through the Nord Stream 2 pipeline at the pleasure of Vladimir Putin is only the latest blow.
Brexit, the EU’s COVID19 response in places like Italy, and myriad economic challenges have badly shaken the foundations of the union and the agreements on which it stands over the past five years. Now, petroleum dependence, coupled with a 10,000 mile supply line thanks to a glut of globalization, has been revealed as a major national security weakness.
One lesson to be gleaned from Russia’s move into Ukraine, long predicted by the same foreign…