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China to Sanction U.S. Companies for Arms Sales to Taiwan

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  • Unsurprisingly, the US-China tit-for-tat continues. American and Chinese interests simply aren’t compatible. The US must support Taiwan, both for strategic reasons and to protect a rare bastion of democracy. China demands total control over Taiwan, for both strategic and ideological reasons, and has openly threatened to invade the island if necessary— in fact, Xi Jinping has declared that the island will be under mainland Chinese control no later than 2049, the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding

    Unsurprisingly, the US-China tit-for-tat continues. American and Chinese interests simply aren’t compatible. The US must support Taiwan, both for strategic reasons and to protect a rare bastion of democracy. China demands total control over Taiwan, for both strategic and ideological reasons, and has openly threatened to invade the island if necessary— in fact, Xi Jinping has declared that the island will be under mainland Chinese control no later than 2049, the 100th anniversary of the CCP’s founding.

    The only reason that these economic hostilities didn’t start years ago is that, under the Obama, Bush, and Clinton administrations, US policy was to just roll over and let China do whatever it wanted without consequence (in exchange, US corporations were given access to the lucrative Chinese market, and to cheap Chinese labor). The pretense of cooperation between the two countries was always a facade— one that far too many Americans, all the way up to political, business, and media leaders were all too happy to take at face value.

    China has always viewed the US as hostile, but also very gullible, a weakness they could exploit in order to catch up to American primacy in the industrial, technological, and military spheres. They were right— despite decades of barely-hidden IP theft, blatant violation of international maritime laws and norms, and utter disregard for human rights (the brutal conquest of Tibet, secret police and disappearances, the ongoing cultural genocide in rural areas) the US political and media establishment took CCP statements at face value.

    The “new” tension between the US and China is nothing more than a result of the remarkable success of Chinese policy— they’ve come far enough that they’re finally pushing the US into diplomatic corners. Lobbyists from big business still dominate American policy, demanding appeasement of China so they can keep making money— but the CCP has already achieved so much that appeasing them now would compromise longstanding American policy.

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