CHINA/TAIWAN TENSIONS RISING: WAR ON THE HORIZON?


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Officials from the Chinese Communist Party said they will hold Taiwanese politicians bent on Taipei’s independence criminally liable for the rest of their lives and hurt them economically—marking the first time that Beijing vowed a form of punishment for these individuals.
Zhu Fenglian, a spokeswoman from China’s Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, said in a statement Friday that these individuals will no longer be allowed on mainland China and they will not be allowed to have ties to companies that do business with China.
“Those who forget their ancestors, betray the motherland, and split the country, will never end up well and will be spurned by the people and judged by history,” the statement from China said, according to Al Jazeera.
The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the tension in the region and Washington’s opaque position. (See “CHINA WON’T STOP AT TAIWAN, SO WHERE SHOULD AMERICA DRAW THE LINE,” 26 Oct 2021)
The U.S. has historically pursued a policy known as ‘strategic ambiguity,’ which means it will aid Taiwan’s defenses but will not promise to come to the island’s defenses in the event of an attack. No matter how many times President Biden says otherwise. (See “BIDEN SAYS (AGAIN) U.S. WILL DEFEND TAIWAN IF BEIJING INVADES.”)
China’s President Xi Jinping, who is preparing for his third five-year term, said last month that he hopes for a “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan and touted China’s “glorious tradition” of opposing separatism. “No one should underestimate the Chinese people’s staunch determination, firm will, and strong ability to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “The historical task of the complete unification of the motherland must be and will be fulfilled.”
China has viewed Taipei as its sovereign territory since 1949—after the Chinese Civil War fought between the Kuomintang (KMT) government of the Republic of China (ROC) and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Following the KMT defeat, they left the mainland and retreated to Taiwan. 
The U.S. has maintained a “One China” policy that acknowledges Beijing’s position, but considers the issue unsettled. The Associated Press pointed out that the U.S.’s “One China” policy should not be confused with Beijing’s “One China” principle, which claims sovereignty over its mainland, Macao, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
China looks at the matter as settled, and has suggested that if necessary, it is willing to act militarily to achieve reunification. (See “TAIWAN MILITARY RAMP-UP WILL NOT STOP CHINA,” “CHINA TO TAKE TAIWAN: A MATTER OF TIME,” and “CHINA MILITARY. READY FOR WAR?”)
The Global Times newspaper, which is an arm of the CCP, published an editorial Friday that said Beijing needs to make it clear to Washington that there will come a day that there will be a reunification.
“Setting stumbling blocks to reunification across the Straits would mean a fundamental confrontation,” the editorial read. The article went on to claim that China already has the ability to “overwhelm U.S. military intervention in this region is sufficiently guaranteed by its will and strategic resources.”
TREND FORECAST: “TOP TRENDS OF 2021: THE RISE OF CHINA:” As we have forecast, the 20th century was the American century—the 21st century will be the Chinese century. The business of China is business; the business of America is war. 
While America spent countless trillions waging and losing endless wars and enriching its military-industrial complex, China has spent its trillions advancing the nation’s businesses and building its 21st-century infrastructure. 
Moreover, it should be made clear that despite the scores of trillions of dollars U.S. taxpayers have poured into the pockets of the military/industrial/intelligence complex, the “We’re #1” nation has not won a war since World War II… a war that the U.S.S.R. was also instrumental in fighting the Axis powers.
Therefore, absent pure insanity (which reigns deep in the heartless souls and egotistical minds of politicians), considering the weaponry of New Millennium Warfare, which Gerald Celente had detailed in his keynote speaker address at the Virginia Military Institute in 2000, a war between the U.S. and China would be the end of life on earth as we know it. 
As Albert Einstein noted when asked what weapons would be used to fight World War III, he said, “I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
The Global Post’s editorial, which was mentioned in the above article, said that any effort to block the reunification will be “doomed to result in life-and-death struggle, which the U.S. will have to fight while sacrificing the lives of Americans.”
The U.S.—like its trillions spent to kill millions in losing the Iraq and Afghan Wars—will again try to present a united front against Beijing. The U.K., France, Japan, and Australia have all indicated their unification against China. But the burden will fall on American troops. 
And while the U.S. talks tough about fighting China, we forecast there will be no American or other ally forces of any magnitude sent to defend the island.
Beijing flew 16 warplanes toward Taiwan on Saturday—just a day after an official delegation from Europe visited Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in Taipei. China saw the visit as a stupid provocation.
“We urge the E.U. to correct the mistake and not to send any wrong signals to Taiwan independence forces. Otherwise China-E.U. relations will be damaged.” 

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