A top Chinese ambassador said in a recent interview that if Taiwan somehow feels “emboldened” by support from the U.S. in its effort for independence, that position could eventually lead to war between the world’s two superpowers.
Qin Gang, the ambassador to the U.S., made the remarks during an interview with NPR, according to the Financial Times.
Bonnie Glaser, a China expert at the German Marshall Fund, told the FT that Qin’s remarks were essentially in line with the position of other Chinese officials, including President Xi Jinping.
She said these officials have expressed their dismay over U.S. interference and the “trajectory of U.S.-Taiwan relations and Taiwan’s policies.”
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has reported extensively on the tension between China and Taiwan and Washington’s effort to thwart Beijing. (See “CHINA WON’T STOP AT TAIWAN, SO WHERE SHOULD AMERICA DRAW THE LINE?” “TAIWAN MILITARY RAMP-UP WILL NOT STOP CHINA,” “BIDEN SAYS (AGAIN) U.S. WILL DEFEND TAIWAN IF CHINA INVADES” and “U.S. GENERAL DECLARES U.S. ‘READY’ TO DEFEND TAIWAN IF CHINA INVADES.”)
The paper reported that Qin stressed that it is China’s hope that Taiwan, which Beijing has long declared as part of its territory under the “One China Principle,” will reunify with the mainland peacefully.
Last week, a $100-million U.S. F-35C fighter jet crashed into the water in the South China Sea while attempting to land on the USS Carl Vinson. (The pilot survived after ejecting from the cockpit.)
There is fear that Chinese submarines will be able to get to the crashed jet at the bottom of the sea before a U.S. salvage ship arrives on the scene, The Guardian reported. The plane reportedly is one of the most technologically advanced in the world.
Zhao Lijian, the foreign ministry spokesman in Beijing, said the Chinese have no interest in finding the crashed plane.
“We have no interest in their aircraft,” he said. “We urge the country concerned to do things that are conducive to regional peace and stability, rather than flex muscles in the region,” he said.
TREND FORECAST: Despite condemnations when they do so, there will be no military forces from other nations that will challenge Communist China’s military might. Indeed, America, with the largest military in the world, has not won a war since World War II and cannot even win against third-world nations such as Afghanistan after invading that nation some 20 years ago.
Apple’s sales in China are booming and its market share for smartphones hit a record high, according to CNBC.
Apple had 23 percent of the market in China and sales grew 32 percent year-on-year in the last quarter, CNBC reported, citing market analysts Counterpoint Research.
(See our 16 November report: “U.S. FIRMS BOOST CHINA’S BID FOR GLOBAL DOMINATION.”)
As we have written over the years in great detail in the Geopolitical section of the Trends Journal, the business of China is business. And, the nation is on track to overtake the United States as the world superpower.
Therefore, despite all the political bluster, the bottom line of the world of business is... business. And as we have detailed, across the spectrum the main focus of all sectors of major firms and investment houses is, and will be, China for the distant future.
Should war break out between China and Taiwan, we forecast the Taiwanese military will not aggressively fight back, since doing so would result in millions of deaths and mass destruction.
Doug Bandow, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, wrote in April that Taiwanese officials have told him that they expect American support even if their behavior, such as a declaration of independence, triggered Chinese action.
“And Beijing officials consistently express skepticism that Washington would act against its own interest, risking, as one Chinese general put it, Los Angeles for Taipei,” he wrote.
Again, we maintain our forecast that China will take over Taiwan and no one will stop them.