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Well if truman (a democrap, surprise surprise) had had a backbone in 1949 and shoved a few Fat Man devices dropped from B-29s right up mao's backside, we wouldn't be in this mess and the world would be a far better place.
 

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What exactly did Taiwan, or Japan, propose to do that got China all triggered?

Under the "one China" doctrine that the United States (and almost all the world) has followed since the 1970s don't we all agree the Taiwan is just a semi autonomous state or region that is in China and is part of China?

Is Japan suggesting that this should change?
 

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I think the issue is that China's moving into another unstable period. It's not only the Uigyur concentration camps, it's other ethnic and social unrest.

Poor outcomes from the Silk Road Project, with some countries defaulting on repayment with the resulting reduction in Chinese control over those economies. Coupled with the recent disruption to the supply chain causing some companies to reconsider whether single-sourced and just-in-time sourcing is really sensible (much of the time it isn't), the economic impact on China of 2021 is significant.

International criticism because of COVID, and the uncertainties that dealing with the US at the moment. While the Biden Administration is seen as being far less critical of China, it's also more unpredictable.

The renewed 'attention' to Taiwan is nothing new really, for China just as elsewhere. It's inevitable that some saber rattling would begin as the Chinese peasants exhibit unrest. That's not to say it's a sham and we can ignore it.

Less than two weeks ago, a citizen researcher discovered a modern ICBM farm in a remote corner of China. As I understand it, Japan declared that this was unacceptable, and while officially, Japan has no nuclear deterrent, nobody's foolish enough to think that they lack the capability to stand up a deterrent quite quickly. Add to that what seems to be open Japanese political support for Taiwan, and it's plausible to think that the Chinese need to puff out their chest and do some posturing.
 
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