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The fate of Taiwan is uncertain. Since nationalist forces fled communist revolutionaries in mainland China and set up their own government on the nearby island of Taiwan in 1949, China has thirsted to regain it. With 24 million people and a robust economy, however, Taiwan has long claimed its sovereignty as an independent nation. The United States does not officially recognize Taiwan’s government but remains its strongest international backer. China, meanwhile, sees Taiwan as lost territory, which must be “reunified” with the mainland. China has built up forces near the island and, in a sign of its growing military might, sent 25 warplanes into Taiwan's air defense identification zone in April 2021. The Biden administration has warned Beijing against an invasion and bolstered the island's defense by selling Taiwan military hardware. Despite these efforts, some argue that the scale of China’s military presence has already surpassed anything the U.S. or Taiwan militaries could stop. The cost of defending Taiwan would be exorbitant, they contend, and the prospect of risking the lives of American soldiers in this conflict half a world away is foolhardy and wrongheaded. But others argue that American credibility is on the line and that the United States should defend countries resisting communism and fighting for their freedom. The United States could indeed win such a conflict, they contend, and its political posturing should reflect that. If a showdown occurs, is Taiwan indefensible?
Length: 57 minutes
Copyright date: ©2021
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