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Asia-Pacific Region Lining Up Against China on Taiwan

AMAC Exclusive – By Ben Solis

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“The conquerors are kings, the defeated are bandits,” one ancient Chinese proverb teaches. For most of recorded history, China has been the conqueror in Southeast Asia, with the notable exceptions of colonial rule in the 19th and 20th centuries and the Japanese invasion in World War II. But following Xi Jinping’s acts of aggression toward Taiwan in recent weeks, China may soon become the “bandit” of Asia, as the rest of the world unifies against the Chinese threat.

Ahead of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s planned visit to Taiwan earlier this month, China had warned the United States that its military “would not sit idly by” should Pelosi follow through with the trip. Making good on that promise, the Chinese military launched nearly a dozen ballistic missiles into the waters around Taiwan following the visit – including five that landed in Japanese waters, and a few that flew directly over the Taiwanese capital of Taipei. Following the missile barrage, the Chinese navy remained active off Taiwan’s east and west coasts in an attempt to re-assert China’s claim to the island, which has been self-governing since 1950.

At the same time, Chinese diplomats overseas hewed to the Chinese Communist Party line, decrying Pelosi’s visit as a violation of Chinese sovereignty. When Chinese Ambassador to Australia, Xiao Qian, was asked whether the 23 million Taiwanese should determine their own mode of government, Qian responded that 1.4 billion Chinese citizens would decide.

Mr. Xiao also rejected the recent Taiwan Foundation for Democracy polls that indicated 72 percent of Taiwanese were ready to take a stand against coerced unification with China and 62 percent were ready to fight. In a similar poll, National Chengchi University’s Election Study Center revealed that 85.6 percent of Taiwanese rejected the “one country two systems concept” favored by the CCP.

But through its repeated acts of aggression – not just toward Taiwan but every Southeast Asian nation – China is pushing its neighbors closer to the United States and the West, creating a budding alliance that it may soon be unable to overcome.

The unified and decisive response of these countries in the Indo-Pacific region to China’s military exercises in the Taiwan Strait was anger, not fear. Many nations undoubtedly see in China’s bullying of Taiwan the CCP’s treatment of their own country.

In 2021, for instance, the Chinese air force violated Malaysia’s airspace in the eastern part of the country, leading to Malaysia summoning its ambassador from Beijing. In February of this year, a Chinese naval vessel aimed a military-grade laser at an Australian P8 Poseidon aircraft while sailing through Australia’s Exclusive Economic Zone, potentially risking the lives of up to 10 Australian military personnel. In June, over international waters, a Chinese jet flew near another Australian air force surveillance plane, releasing “small pieces of aluminum” into the air, posing a safety threat to the crew. Just a few days later, Chinese jets harassed Canadian air force pilots policing North Korean airspace to prevent violation of the sanctions imposed by the United Nations.

Japan has also been on the receiving end of Chinese aggression, including the Chinese ballistic missiles that fell into Japanese waters on August 4. According to Japanese media outlets, China’s ambassador in Tokyo did not apologize to Japan for violating their territory, even as fears mount within the country that China could attempt to annex Japan’s Ryukyu islands, which host a U.S. military base on Okinawa.

Together, the “Quad” nations of Australia, India, Japan, and the United States are hardening their resistance to China, and other countries in the region are taking note. The Philippines and Singapore recently issued their own statements of solidarity with Taiwan, and other Asian leaders have expressed their concern about Chinese actions in the region.

During a recent meeting of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reportedly stormed out of the Gala Dinner after nearly all members, short of Russia, upheld the need to respect the United Nations Convention for Law of the Seas in a clear snub at China’s behavior in the South China Sea. None of the ASEAN countries changed their commitment to the “One China” policy that upheld the 1955 demarcation line, which Beijing has challenged with its latest military drills.

In many ways, this growing solidarity with Taiwan is the realization of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s vision for a “Free and Open Indo Pacific,” which he laid out in his Confluence of the Two Seas speech in August 2007. A key pillar of Abe’s vision for a “broader Asia” was a free and independent Taiwan, something he emphasized throughout the latter years of his life. To Abe, the Taiwan conflict was a Japanese conflict, and by extension a U.S. and Australian conflict. Every nation involved in the Indo-Pacific had an interest in ensuring Taiwan’s independence.

That attitude of strategic solidarity may well prove to be, as Abe predicted, a deterrent to Chinese direct military intervention in Taiwan. By forcing the rest of the world to recognize that preserving Taiwan’s autonomy is necessary to preserving the global political and economic order, China may have sowed the seeds of its own defeat.

Ben Solis is the pen name of an international affairs journalist, historian, and researcher.


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Stephen Russell
1 month ago

China wants the very Islands we fought over in WW2: Soloman Islands chain

Susan Miller
1 month ago

It explains Pelosi and other Democrats visits to Taiwan just ahead of this election. Stir up China and get people focused away from the cheating.

Morbious
1 month ago

The much smaller country of japan came very close to winning the pacific nations as its colonies in ww2. If we hadnt decoded their top secret comms we likely would’ve lost the naval war. Then, no island hopping etc. If china decides on a similar policy, it seems clear they would succeed, but that would be a severe blow to their economy. The question then becomes whether china prefers the present course of intimidating weak western leaders and continuing getting rich, or taking nearby countries for their resources. Im betting the sabre rattling is for internal propaganda purposes. You know; the nationalism that supposedly fades away under marxism.

Hal
1 month ago

I wonder if China’s growing population will eventually not be supported by their economic performance. And when it does, war is one option (but not against the Ruskies). Some years back China put a limit on how many children a couple could have …. in order to stem the population growth which was reaching a level which could not be supported by National resources including food. Another way to do this is to start a war against wealthy other Nations that would kilTl off a large percentage of the citizen population and thereby make more available to a surviving. If China ever has a head leader like Ruskie POOTIN’, it will get pretty nasty in terms of worldwide security.

PIDL
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

The Russians and China are teaming up to take on the Big 5 of the “New World Order”. This will only lead to global conflict. It may start small in Taiwan. But it will quickly escalate.

It may have already started in the Ukraine. This is Russia’s attempt to stop the Big 5 from getting more power with the addition of countries to NATO.

Again, money and power are the two items they all seek. Greed will destroy all of us!

Sillylittleman
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

The United Nations states that the world can support only 750 million people. Of course, only them and their buddy’s will survive. All of the issues that are happening follow that thought process. Why did the States shut downRestaurant, Gyms, places of Worship, Small Businesses, and in Michigan the people could not buy seeds and gardening items, spring was coming, a whole year was lost for people to raise food for themselves. Paint and Home Improvement was also banned. You work to support your selves then when you have time to repair your home the items were deliberately BANNED.Left open to the public were Bars, Dispensaries, etc. that are determental to a healthy society. Suicide, OD’S, Depression, and other societal Tragedies. Be not Mislead THIS IS NOT RANDOM ACTS OF HAPPENSTANCE, ALL OF THIS IS DELIBERATELY MANIPULATED TO ACHIEVE THE ALTAMATE GOAL TO ACHIEVE THE 750 MILLION POPULATION. Your Elected leaders care less about you then the Dog Sh*t on their shoe. The POWER is the goal and to achieve that you have to break a few eggs

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

You damn betcha’, they don’t want to be next.

Barrett Smith
1 month ago

My fear is the response will be too little, too late.

nate
1 month ago

The Chicomms are much more powerful than in years past due to the traitors that reside here in the USA. From our politicians, to past politicians turned lobbyists, to corporations looking to cash in, to Wall Street. Thank them Benedict Arnolds for the new Asian threat.

J. Shenk
1 month ago
Reply to  nate

We, as American consumers constantly demanding low cost high quality goods, all play a part in the continued economic enrichment of communist China. Try buying hardware or low end electronics not made in China. Sure, you’ll find stuff made in Eastern Europe, Mexico and Tiawan, but the vast majority of cheap imports are manufactured in China.

Ron Howard
1 month ago
Reply to  J. Shenk

This is unfortunately true. Most Americans are unaware of the threat of China and see it only as a source for cheap products. They had better all wake up to the threat of Communist China!

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

China, like Russia, will take everything they can get their hands on. The difference is that Russia’s economy is small but China’s rivals ours and with an incompetent boob in charge, ours will soon be smaller!

mark
1 month ago

Just like with Russia when China is ready they will move and there is nothing that can be done to stop it,, the only good thing is maybe there wont be a much death and destruction ,,, hopefully not as much as the DemocRats have brought on this country and will continue to do so ,,

Steven
1 month ago

a “Free and Open Indo Pacific,”. Would that be a great goal.  

Dennis M Struk
1 month ago

China thinks they are the “Boss of the World”… Guess what..?>

Jeb
1 month ago

Can’t really blame them, just planning ahead…

Jeb
1 month ago
Reply to  Jeb

I don’t understand the down votes. Please explain why they shouldn’t join together to defend themselves against China?

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
1 month ago

If you like the CCP, then go to Wal-Mart. Kyle L.

Philip Hammersley
1 month ago

Old Sam would be kicking the a****s of the current Walmart “leadership.”

anna hubert
1 month ago

It’s heartening to know that the rest of the world is hardening to China’s aggressivity, good morning Rip van Winkle

Joseph Hubert
1 month ago
Reply to  anna hubert

Hi Anna… My name is Joseph Hubert. ☺ You aren’t my sister, are you: Anne Marie Cadavid/Hubert. She isn’t political as far as I know. Just asking? We live in Massachusetts, FYI.Thanks for ur time. All the best.Sincerely yours, jmj ????

JEFFREY JONES
1 month ago

NUKE CHINA UNTIL IT GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Rik
1 month ago

Since OUR COMMUNIST loving Democratic Leadership officially proclaimed their Communist leanings, America is NOW OPENLY being attacked from within! . . . No longer than just being suspected, Biden is “OPENLY” trying to convert America from Capitalism to “Socialism” though it’s REALLY COMMUNISM! . . . I’m really afraid that our country is again headed for a Civil War! . . . They OPENLY LIE calling their new law the “Inflation Reduction Act” when it WILL ACTUALLY INCREASE INFLATION! . . . Then, increasing the IRS with 87,000 new agents ONLY MEANS that middle class American Citizens will be targeted AND HAVING THEIR TAXES INCREASED! . . . This will ONLY actually increase Government control over the populace and limit our freedoms and individual rights! . . . We MUST NOT ALLOW this to Happen!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

Yep, And the best way to conceal raising taxes on the citizenry is to use “inflation” … and inflation is simply a subtle way to raise taxes and disguise that taxes are being raised. And this is done in by just printing more money!!!

Bob
1 month ago

Amazed that the Dems. get it. The CC must Lear that we will not be intimidated by their antics. (And thanks for showing us your strategy with your latest temper tantrum off the Taiwanese coasts.!)

I fully support Pelosis’ recent visit and the pending visit by the House delegation.

What we now need is a plan to build three more carriers to place in the Pacific along with the escort ships and subs. One group in the North Pacific, one in the south and one in reserve for rotation. And let’s work with the Philippine government to establish a joint US base on one of their islands.

XI’s actions now are purely political posturing. He is up for re-election this fall. He needs to demonstrate leadership to the CCP to assure he stays in office. With a faltering economy he needs to do some chest thumping.

The CCP antics off Taiwan also takes the world’s eyes off their miserable human rights activities.

Max
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

Where will the money come from to build three new carriers and their supporting ships? When the Democrats are in charge, the military establishment always suffer. Be looking into the next 90 days and don’t be surprised if China finally attempts to bring the Taiwan “province” back into the fold.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Max

Exactly Max. The Democrats are already trying to scale back every aspect of the defence budget from ships, planes, personnel, maintainence and spare parts. Almost half our F35 aircraft are currently grounded for lack of needed parts. Other parts of our Air Force face similar parts shortages and maintainence backlogs. There is no way the Democrats are going to authorize the funding for 3 new aircraft carriers, the support ships that make up a typical carrier battle group and a sizeable number of attack and nuclear missile submarines. Plus we can’t even man our existing military stategies with the personnel we have now. No one wants to join the new “woke” military, with its focus on politically correct BS instead of defending the country from hostile military forces.

Bob
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

Well for sure Basement Joe, et al, won’t put-up the $, That is why it is so important that we elect people that understand the long view and the real threats that the US and its allies face in the next few GENETRATIONS — not just the next election cycle.

Let’s cut the social spending 10%. Seal the border (and save $) then tell our allies (e.g Japan and SK) that they will have contribute significantly more $ to secure the eastern Pacific.

Myrna Wade
1 month ago

China and Russia are aggressors with no excuse except appearing to be aggressive to them is a sign, an image, they want to project. I hope they always fail. The late great Abe was right.

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