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mk  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: This model forecast the US's current unrest a decade ago. It now says 'civil war'

    As we've all learned from the recent headlines, China is perhaps facing some sort of economic reckoning for the first time in a long time. We don't know when that will come to pass, but when it does, I think it's likely that there will be some domestic problems there. China will scapegoat the US and the US won't miss an opportunity to return the favor. Then you got yourself a stew going.

I was just texting w a friend about this today. The Taiwan issue is a big deal. China will go to the mat on it because it has no choice. They'll happily fight that even if they think they will lose, which they won't.

If Don gets back in, we'll have someone stupid enough to go to the mat too.

kleinbl00  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Not even the Taiwanese are afraid of China. Their navy is centered on the carriers the Soviets couldn't afford to scrap.

The only country China has ever successfully invaded is Tibet, and that's because Tibet thought they were at peace with China so expunged their military. China has never successfully invaded Vietnam.

mk  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    Not even the Taiwanese are afraid of China.

Are you getting this from Taiwanese? My wife recently spoke with some that joked they were basically there for the taking.

    China has never successfully invaded Vietnam.

They could now.

wijagain  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Klein is correct that China is waging psychological warfare about Taiwan against Taiwan and the West, and it appears to be working very well in the United States. The US seems susceptible to it because (1) the media is sensationalist, and (2) many politically active Americans on both the left and the right like to fantasize about war. Most Americans I speak to about it over estimate the size and immediacy of the threat posed by China to TW compared to what people here in TW think.

However, China is not a "paper tiger" doomed to fail, and poses a very real and increasing threat to Taiwan. It's a real problem for us here and has been for awhile. While large gaps in their military and economic systems remain, they are modernizing rapidly and have made a lot of progress in the last 20 years.

That said, both Taiwan and China are real places full of real people and most US based analysis fails to understand the situation because it reduces them to pieces in a war game.

kleinbl00  ·  22 days ago  ·  link  ·  

The whole issue around China is we believe their hot takes. The facts on the ground do not support the Chinese interpretation of events.

The United States has sold arms to Taiwan since Chiang kai-Shek landed.

    They could now.

China's military has shrunk by 40% since their last conflict with Vietnam.