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Letter to Editor: Taiwan's urgent need for nuclear weapons
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By Matthew Clayton, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
2021/11/02 17:11
[IMG alt="A Taiwanese flag flaps in the wind in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 30, 2021. (Reuters photo)
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A Taiwanese flag flaps in the wind in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 30, 2021. (Reuters photo)
It has become clear over the past few months that Taiwan's sovereignty is in danger.
China has been emboldened by the world's failure to punish it for its deceit and complicity in the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also by the American capitulation in Afghanistan.
The addition of “Xi Jinping Thought” to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Constitution in 2017 made Xi Jinping (習近平) the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao.
































































The honor shows the days of political domination in China by one man are with us again. Xi looks set to be an influential force in Chinese politics far into the future.
Chairman Xi has presided over a rapid cooling of relations with Taiwan. This, combined with the political strength of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) party in Taiwan is ominous, even if President Tsai does not declare independence.
China no longer stresses peaceful relations in the region as it did when it was militarily inferior. As China's capability increases, its rhetoric and posture become ever more bellicose.
This, together with its continual and spurious claim that Taiwan belongs to it, serves as a warning of China's end strategy. The question is not if an invasion will happen but when.
The recent AUKUS pact between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom suggests the West is now realizing the threat China poses not only to Taiwan but to the region. Similar to the 1930s concerning Hitler's rise in Europe, however, it will prove too late.
As early as 2017, China's plethora of defensive weapons had the potential to render an American response to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan a failure, and Chinese capabilities have only increased since then, reducing the human and political cost of attacking Taiwan. Even worse is the Biden administration's alarming political ambivalence on defending Taiwanese sovereignty.
In tandem with a slump in the polls, this could prompt China to attack Taiwan before the next American presidential election, where former President Trump looks set to run again.
It is not a coincidence that China's posture has been much more aggressive since President Trump left office. The infiltration by the Chinese into the critical infrastructure of other Western powers, such as nuclear power stations and internet networks in the U.K., also serves to make a multilateral Western counter-attack unlikely.
Japan has constitutional restrictions on using its military to attack rather than defend. All of these factors show that Taiwan cannot rely on outside help to be saved in the event of an attack.
A radical departure from current deterrence strategy is needed to save Taiwan. The only credible deterrence that will safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty is an independent nuclear strike capability.
At this stage, it is natural to ask: why would this make a difference if American nuclear weapons do not deter a Chinese invasion? This can be explained by a very simple calculation: because unlike the U.S., Taiwan would be fighting for its very survival as a nation.
Take the example of Israel. Invaded twice by its neighbors, no wise person seriously entertains the notion of a third invasion since it was furnished with an independent nuclear deterrent with the help of the U.S. and multiple European nations.
Taiwan is both outnumbered and outgunned by the Chinese military and will only fall further behind. Nuclear weapons are the only alternative to guarantee Taiwan's sovereignty.
If Taiwan's allies are serious about laying down a marker to deter Chinese aggression in the future, it is time to do for Taiwan what was done for Israel. In the case of Japan, lending assistance in this endeavor would serve as a useful way to demonstrate its well-known capability to “go nuclear” without actually going through the constitutional and political risks of in fact doing so.
Taiwan is not the only Pacific dispute involving the Chinese. The window for Taiwan's allies to help it establish credible deterrence in the region becomes narrower every day and by the end of Biden's administration could prove too late.
Anything less than providing nuclear weapons to Taiwan amounts to appeasement of China and will prove to be a mistake of historic and catastrophic proportions.
 

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Letter to Editor: Taiwan's urgent need for nuclear weapons
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By Matthew Clayton, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
2021/11/02 17:11
[IMG alt="A Taiwanese flag flaps in the wind in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 30, 2021. (Reuters photo)
"]https://tnimage.s3.hicloud.net.tw/photos/2021/10/12/1634023722-6165392a5be13.png[/IMG]
A Taiwanese flag flaps in the wind in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 30, 2021. (Reuters photo)
It has become clear over the past few months that Taiwan's sovereignty is in danger.
China has been emboldened by the world's failure to punish it for its deceit and complicity in the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also by the American capitulation in Afghanistan.
The addition of “Xi Jinping Thought” to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Constitution in 2017 made Xi Jinping (習近平) the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao.
































































The honor shows the days of political domination in China by one man are with us again. Xi looks set to be an influential force in Chinese politics far into the future.
Chairman Xi has presided over a rapid cooling of relations with Taiwan. This, combined with the political strength of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) party in Taiwan is ominous, even if President Tsai does not declare independence.
China no longer stresses peaceful relations in the region as it did when it was militarily inferior. As China's capability increases, its rhetoric and posture become ever more bellicose.
This, together with its continual and spurious claim that Taiwan belongs to it, serves as a warning of China's end strategy. The question is not if an invasion will happen but when.
The recent AUKUS pact between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom suggests the West is now realizing the threat China poses not only to Taiwan but to the region. Similar to the 1930s concerning Hitler's rise in Europe, however, it will prove too late.
As early as 2017, China's plethora of defensive weapons had the potential to render an American response to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan a failure, and Chinese capabilities have only increased since then, reducing the human and political cost of attacking Taiwan. Even worse is the Biden administration's alarming political ambivalence on defending Taiwanese sovereignty.
In tandem with a slump in the polls, this could prompt China to attack Taiwan before the next American presidential election, where former President Trump looks set to run again.
It is not a coincidence that China's posture has been much more aggressive since President Trump left office. The infiltration by the Chinese into the critical infrastructure of other Western powers, such as nuclear power stations and internet networks in the U.K., also serves to make a multilateral Western counter-attack unlikely.
Japan has constitutional restrictions on using its military to attack rather than defend. All of these factors show that Taiwan cannot rely on outside help to be saved in the event of an attack.
A radical departure from current deterrence strategy is needed to save Taiwan. The only credible deterrence that will safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty is an independent nuclear strike capability.
At this stage, it is natural to ask: why would this make a difference if American nuclear weapons do not deter a Chinese invasion? This can be explained by a very simple calculation: because unlike the U.S., Taiwan would be fighting for its very survival as a nation.
Take the example of Israel. Invaded twice by its neighbors, no wise person seriously entertains the notion of a third invasion since it was furnished with an independent nuclear deterrent with the help of the U.S. and multiple European nations.
Taiwan is both outnumbered and outgunned by the Chinese military and will only fall further behind. Nuclear weapons are the only alternative to guarantee Taiwan's sovereignty.
If Taiwan's allies are serious about laying down a marker to deter Chinese aggression in the future, it is time to do for Taiwan what was done for Israel. In the case of Japan, lending assistance in this endeavor would serve as a useful way to demonstrate its well-known capability to “go nuclear” without actually going through the constitutional and political risks of in fact doing so.
Taiwan is not the only Pacific dispute involving the Chinese. The window for Taiwan's allies to help it establish credible deterrence in the region becomes narrower every day and by the end of Biden's administration could prove too late.
Anything less than providing nuclear weapons to Taiwan amounts to appeasement of China and will prove to be a mistake of historic and catastrophic proportions.

I'm sure you also support Iran getting the bomb: https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/iran/2012-06-15/why-iran-should-get-bomb
 

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Letter to Editor: Taiwan's urgent need for nuclear weapons
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By Matthew Clayton, Taiwan News, Contributing Writer
2021/11/02 17:11
[IMG alt="A Taiwanese flag flaps in the wind in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 30, 2021. (Reuters photo)
"]https://tnimage.s3.hicloud.net.tw/photos/2021/10/12/1634023722-6165392a5be13.png[/IMG]
A Taiwanese flag flaps in the wind in Taoyuan, Taiwan, June 30, 2021. (Reuters photo)
It has become clear over the past few months that Taiwan's sovereignty is in danger.
China has been emboldened by the world's failure to punish it for its deceit and complicity in the spread of the COVID-19 virus and also by the American capitulation in Afghanistan.
The addition of “Xi Jinping Thought” to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Constitution in 2017 made Xi Jinping (習近平) the most powerful Chinese leader since Mao.
































































The honor shows the days of political domination in China by one man are with us again. Xi looks set to be an influential force in Chinese politics far into the future.
Chairman Xi has presided over a rapid cooling of relations with Taiwan. This, combined with the political strength of President Tsai Ing-wen's (蔡英文) party in Taiwan is ominous, even if President Tsai does not declare independence.
China no longer stresses peaceful relations in the region as it did when it was militarily inferior. As China's capability increases, its rhetoric and posture become ever more bellicose.
This, together with its continual and spurious claim that Taiwan belongs to it, serves as a warning of China's end strategy. The question is not if an invasion will happen but when.
The recent AUKUS pact between the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom suggests the West is now realizing the threat China poses not only to Taiwan but to the region. Similar to the 1930s concerning Hitler's rise in Europe, however, it will prove too late.
As early as 2017, China's plethora of defensive weapons had the potential to render an American response to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan a failure, and Chinese capabilities have only increased since then, reducing the human and political cost of attacking Taiwan. Even worse is the Biden administration's alarming political ambivalence on defending Taiwanese sovereignty.
In tandem with a slump in the polls, this could prompt China to attack Taiwan before the next American presidential election, where former President Trump looks set to run again.
It is not a coincidence that China's posture has been much more aggressive since President Trump left office. The infiltration by the Chinese into the critical infrastructure of other Western powers, such as nuclear power stations and internet networks in the U.K., also serves to make a multilateral Western counter-attack unlikely.
Japan has constitutional restrictions on using its military to attack rather than defend. All of these factors show that Taiwan cannot rely on outside help to be saved in the event of an attack.
A radical departure from current deterrence strategy is needed to save Taiwan. The only credible deterrence that will safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty is an independent nuclear strike capability.
At this stage, it is natural to ask: why would this make a difference if American nuclear weapons do not deter a Chinese invasion? This can be explained by a very simple calculation: because unlike the U.S., Taiwan would be fighting for its very survival as a nation.
Take the example of Israel. Invaded twice by its neighbors, no wise person seriously entertains the notion of a third invasion since it was furnished with an independent nuclear deterrent with the help of the U.S. and multiple European nations.
Taiwan is both outnumbered and outgunned by the Chinese military and will only fall further behind. Nuclear weapons are the only alternative to guarantee Taiwan's sovereignty.
If Taiwan's allies are serious about laying down a marker to deter Chinese aggression in the future, it is time to do for Taiwan what was done for Israel. In the case of Japan, lending assistance in this endeavor would serve as a useful way to demonstrate its well-known capability to “go nuclear” without actually going through the constitutional and political risks of in fact doing so.
Taiwan is not the only Pacific dispute involving the Chinese. The window for Taiwan's allies to help it establish credible deterrence in the region becomes narrower every day and by the end of Biden's administration could prove too late.
Anything less than providing nuclear weapons to Taiwan amounts to appeasement of China and will prove to be a mistake of historic and catastrophic proportions.
Pity them so much? Give them your nuke then.
 

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no im not you cant

compare free country with democrcy and very advanced economy that china want to take over with what

Excuse iran is

A crazy Islamist regime that want to nuke israel with no reason
Why, Tehran with a nuke, without a nukeke, will likely have no bearing whatsoever on state of things Israel related.

They had Hassan Nasiralla practically on your doorstep for like... 40 years? He could've just taken a taxi ride to Haifa if they wanted.

Iran won against Saddam by burying them with bodies, and back then then only had 40 million people. Now they have 80 million. Nukes would mean nothing if a nation the size of Iran will want to have a picnic in Sinai.

Saudis... that's a completely different matter.

A more practical advice for Israel would be to dig a deeper bunker for when the time will come for Saudi Iranian face off.
 
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Taiwanese shouldn't fear Beijing regime, who has demostrated love truely Han Chinese people, erasing porverty from mainland China.

Taiwanese people should fear puppet Taiwan regime and twisted evil Americans, corrupt people who only love money and they dont understand if they die in a war, they can not use their dirty money.
 

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Taiwanese shouldn't fear Beijing regime, who has demostrated love truely Han Chinese people, erasing porverty from mainland China.

Taiwanese people should fear puppet Taiwan regime and twisted evil Americans, corrupt people who only love money and they dont understand if they die in a war, they can not use their dirty money.
i dont think dictator crwuel like ccp is good thing for tiwan
 

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no im not you cant

compare free country with democrcy and very advanced economy that china want to take over with what

Excuse iran is

A crazy Islamist regime that want to nuke israel with no reason

Israeli puppet regime risk Israeli people lives once and again and again to test weapons and get USA money.

Put your democracy inside your ***.

Israel people are not aware of the real risks of a war against Iran, because they are constantly deceived by their own state.

Put your democracy inside your ***.

Democracy is not useful when all the information you have is false, when every single social movement is deceived by undercovers.
Only brainless kids can believe in the tale of Western "democracy".
 

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no im not you cant

compare free country with democrcy and very advanced economy that china want to take over with what

Excuse iran is

A crazy Islamist regime that want to nuke israel with no reason

What is China? A democracy? Why should it have nukes?

What is Israel? A democracy engaged in war crimes against an occupied people?

Let's not use vague and convenient moral notions to justify who gets nukes and who doesn't.
 

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Anything less than providing nuclear weapons to Taiwan amounts to appeasement of China and will prove to be a mistake of historic and catastrophic proportions.

The day Taiwan got hold of nuclear weapons most likely that will be the licence for the China to invade and lights will go off for the renegade province. Most silly idea one can think off.
 

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this is stupid AF.

taiwan trying to get nuclear weapons on their own means taiwan gets bombed and invaded 5 minutes after the news breaks, and you can bet there are lots of spies in taiwan.

a country giving ready-made nukes to taiwan, means that country can expect to have many of its enemies suddenly acquire nuclear weapons as well.

you don't nuclear blackmail another nuclear power, especially not through nuclear proliferation, simply because they can do the same to you. you might have saved taiwan(and thats a big maybe) but the price is having all your enemies acquire nukes dramatically raising the chances one of them is nuts enough to launch one at you, in addition to limiting your conventional options, ultimately you could be paying with the life of your own nation.
 

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so china wil suicide
Before China dies, China will take Taiwan and the country that offered nuke together to hell.

The day Taiwan got hold of nuclear weapons most likely that will be the licence for the China to invade and lights will go off for the renegade province. Most silly idea one can think off.
Decades ago China already told the world Taiwan owning nuke is one of premises that China will immediately start strait war
 

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