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    Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Scenario: The ROC makes an attempt at formally declaring independence, the PRC gets pissed and sends missiles into Taiwan as warning shots. Taiwan goes ahead and formally declares independence anyway, the PRC invades.

    Now what? Current ROC military doctrine is to hold out as long as they can before the US can arrive. What if the US doesn't arrive? Is the ROC worth protecting?

    The US could be ready to protect the ROC in as little as 30 days, the US bases in Japan would provide an excellent base of operations.

    What do you guys think?

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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Why didnt Truman listen to MacArthur, we should have glassed Shanghai when we had the chance.


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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by George VI View Post
    Scenario: The ROC makes an attempt at formally declaring independence, the PRC gets pissed and sends missiles into Taiwan as warning shots. Taiwan goes ahead and formally declares independence anyway, the PRC invades.

    Now what? Current ROC military doctrine is to hold out as long as they can before the US can arrive. What if the US doesn't arrive? Is the ROC worth protecting?

    The US could be ready to protect the ROC in as little as 30 days, the US bases in Japan would provide an excellent base of operations.

    What do you guys think?
    Now what? Nothing. It's none of our business.
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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by George VI View Post
    Now what? Current ROC military doctrine is to hold out as long as they can before the US can arrive. What if the US doesn't arrive? Is the ROC worth protecting?
    No.

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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    No, at most even if the PRC was to retake it, it would just be a fully autonomous region like Hong Kong is.
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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    We should negotiate autonomy on it's behalf, just as what is seen in Hong Kong. Hell, at this point it appears that Taiwan is drawing closer to China anyway.

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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Not an easy call. The economic damage to say from such a war would be utterly disastrous for the U.S. and it would take forever to recover. On the other hand, a China crazy enough to try it is a real world threat and needs to be stopped. Taiwan alone probably isn't worth the damage, but neither was the Sudetenand and we should seek a fight in a terrain advantageous to us.

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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by George VI View Post
    Scenario: The ROC makes an attempt at formally declaring independence, the PRC gets pissed and sends missiles into Taiwan as warning shots. Taiwan goes ahead and formally declares independence anyway, the PRC invades.

    Now what? Current ROC military doctrine is to hold out as long as they can before the US can arrive. What if the US doesn't arrive? Is the ROC worth protecting?

    The US could be ready to protect the ROC in as little as 30 days, the US bases in Japan would provide an excellent base of operations.

    What do you guys think?
    I think that once a great superpower thought it could buy peace in its time by allowing the Sudetenland to be annexed by its aggressive neighbor, and so the great power abandoned its defensive obligations to Czechoslovakia, and tens of millions of people died needlessly as a result.
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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by stekim View Post
    Now what? Nothing. It's none of our business.
    It might have been in another set of circumstances, but we have made commitments, and the Taiwanese have acted according to them. Thus by our own acts, it has indeed become our business. Responsibility is burdensome.
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    Re: Is the Republic of China (Taiwan) worth protecting?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Not an easy call. The economic damage to say from such a war would be utterly disastrous for the U.S. and it would take forever to recover. On the other hand, a China crazy enough to try it is a real world threat and needs to be stopped. Taiwan alone probably isn't worth the damage, but neither was the Sudetenand and we should seek a fight in a terrain advantageous to us.
    China doesn't have a history of empire building though. They basically want what they think is historically theirs (Taiwan, Tibet), but that doesn't mean the next step for them would be India and Japan.
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