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America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course Over Taiwan


One issue could lead to a disastrous war between the United States and China: Taiwan. A growing number of Taiwanese want independence for their ... Show synopsis

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    Description: New York NY, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005, hardcover, ix-216 pp,...

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Why America will NOT go to war with China

by ryefish on Jun 21, 2007

If there was one overall theme in Ted Galen Carpenter's book, "America's Coming War with China: A Collision Course over Taiwan" I would have to that it would be: why America will not go to war with China. While Taiwan has long been a thorn in the side of the People?s Republic of China, the reluctance of China to take the island by force since the late 1950s reveals the danger of such action to China's own enviable economic stability. Carpenter reveals how the PRC simply cannot force reunification militarily, at least not anytime soon. For the same reason the U.S. won't annex or "liberate" Cuba, China simply cannot risk the international economic damage that would follow an invasion attempt of Taiwan, not to mention the additional unforeseen political and military fallout. Carpenter's analysis is insightful, and at times brilliant, and there's little doubt that the need to clarify the U.S. position on Taiwan begs immediate consideration regardless of what an anathema it could be to the PRC. Taiwan as well should not be put in a position to leverage brinksmanship between the U.S. and the PRC. If any threat exists from the PRC, I would suggest that it would arise from the same circumstances that prompted Japan to assert aggression before and during WWII: limited or depleting natural resources. Any Chinese aggression provoked by the pressure of limited resources would prompt reunification of Taiwan as an extension of such aggression. As one of our biggest customers of military hardware, often rivaling Israel, Taiwan is a valuable democratic comrade (to borrow the Communist term) in the volatile western Pacific region. Fortunately outright conflict in the region would be a lose-lose situation for all parties involved both militarily and economically likely threatening social stability worldwide. Well written and both topical and informative if you have even a fleeting interest in Sino-Taiwanese cross-strait relations. REVIEW EVERY BOOK YOU READ. READERS, AUTHORS AND PUBLISHERS DESERVE YOUR OPINIONS TOO!

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