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Gordon Chang: U.S. failure in Afghanistan poses threat to Taiwan

Chinese propaganda openly threatens lives of U.S. troops stationed on Taiwan

by Guy Page

The Chinese Communist party says the collapse of American military strength in Afghanistan should be warning to Taiwan: don’t trust the Americans to save you anymore, China analyst Gordon Chang writes in the August 17 issue of “The Hill.”

Chang and pundit/biographer Eric Metaxas will appear in Vermont September 10-11 at a event. Reservations are still available for the Friday, Sept. 10 dinner at Capitol Plaza in Montpelier and the all-day seminar September 11 at Ignite Church in Williston. The topic will be the emerging threat of Communist China to the United States, especially with regard to the pandemic and the weak international stance of the Biden administration.

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Chang reports that just hours after the Taliban captured Kabul, the Communist Party’s Global Times asked in an editorial, “If the U.S. cannot even secure a victory in a rivalry with small countries, how much better could it do in a major power game with China?” The CCP outlet claimed of America, “it cannot win a war anymore.”

“From what happened in Afghanistan, they [Taiwan] should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and the U.S. military won’t come to help,” the CCP propaganda said. The propaganda was backed up by renewed Chinese military maneuvers around Taiwan, Chang noted.

“All of this means the world should expect trouble soon,” Chang notes.

According to an August 17 op-ed in the Global Times, “trouble” could come in the form of the deaths of thousands of U.S. troops stationed on Taiwan: “In a tweet on Tuesday, US Senator John Cornyn astonishingly said that the US has as many as 30,000 troops stationed on Taiwan island, more than the 28,000 US troops in South Korea. If that is true, the Chinese government and the Chinese people will never accept it. It is believed that China will immediately put the Anti-Secession Law into use, destroy and expel US troops in Taiwan by military means, and at the same time realize reunification by force.”

Will China make good on the saber-rattling threat in its propaganda outlets? Attendees of the Sept. 10-11 event will have the opportunity to ask that question, and others, to one of the world’s foremost China experts.

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