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Is China readying for a violent showdown over Taiwan with US?

One of the scariest scenario in the world today is the showdown between US and China over Taiwan and the juxtaposition of economic concerns with China playing the card of reinvestment of US dollar to bring it down. Well, China is considering the change in its investment pattern for the USD 1.3 trillion deposits… so, is China readying for a showdown over Taiwan? It has hiked its Defence Budget by USD 45 Billion!

Defense analysts seems to agree that China’s primary focus is Taiwan, and also to be able to create a deterrent to a military intervention by the United States. China has numerous missiles aimed at Taiwan despite America, which is obliged to defend Taiwan militarily, expressing its concern.

John D Negroponte, the newly-appointed deputy secretary of state currently on a tour of Asia, told a news conference in Beijing on Sunday that China needed to be less secretive about its military spend.

However, he was forced on the backfoot by Chinese officials who criticised him over the US agreeing to sell $400 million worth of air and ground missiles to Taiwan and lobbied hard to reverse the deal.

China will be spending the budgetary increase on missile systems, electronic warfare and other hi-tech items. News agency Xinhua has reported that China’s 2.3 million troops have been awarded a handsome pay rise, with salaries expected to rise at least 20 per cent from July.

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2 Comments
  1. rupwaliaktiwari says

    A military showdown in the Taiwan straits will have far-reaching consequences for regional power equations and global trade. US will try to have a situation where the status quo – that is virtual independence of Taiwan without formal recognition – is mainitaned. This not only serves the trade interests of the globalised world, but also ensures a market for US missiles.

    However, there are signs that it will be difficult to maintain the status quo for long. The seriousness with which DPP govt in Taiwan is pursuing the ‘independence’ agenda, China’s intransigent stance on the issue, and…
    think of a scenario where Japan – a nation seeing resurgence of nationalism and aspirations of a more assertive role in global affairs – comes closer to Taiwan and offers military help.

  2. rupwaliaktiwari says

    A military showdown in the Taiwan straits will have far-reaching consequences for regional power equations and global trade. US will try to have a situation where the status quo – that is virtual independence of Taiwan without formal recognition – is mainitaned. This not only serves the trade interests of the globalised world, but also ensures a market for US missiles.

    However, there are signs that it will be difficult to maintain the status quo for long. The seriousness with which DPP govt in Taiwan is pursuing the ‘independence’ agenda, China’s intransigent stance on the issue, and…
    think of a scenario where Japan – a nation seeing resurgence of nationalism and aspirations of a more assertive role in global affairs – comes closer to Taiwan and offers military help.

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