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MANY PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT RUSSIA'S ACTION IN UKRAINE WILL ONLY ENCOURAGE THE CHINESE TO TRY TO TAKE TAIWAN. AND THESE PEOPLE COULD BE RIGHT. FROM FOX:

Any country supporting Taiwan militarily would face the "worst consequences," China's government warned Saturday, adding that "no one and no force" would be able to stop the Communist Party if it took action against the island country, according to a report.

China’s relationship with Taiwan has come into focus against the backdrop of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, with the island bolstering its own defenses since the war started in case of aggression from the mainland.

Taiwan said it planned to double its yearly missile-production capacity this year. The announcement from the defense ministry came after Taiwan approved an extra $8.6 billion for military spending over the next five years.

Beijing doesn’t see Taiwan as a sovereign country but rather as a breakaway province that can be absorbed back into China by force if deemed necessary.

The Communist Party’s warning came a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping held diplomatic talks with Australia, according to Sky News Australia.

China’s Ministry of National Defense accused Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton of "ideological bias" after he said the country would do "whatever we can" to keep China from attacking Taiwan, Sky News reported.

China has taken a more aggressive stance against the Democratic island nation lately, sending a record number of fighter jets into Taiwan’s air defense zone late last year.

And last month, as Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine, nine Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone, prompting a broadcast warning from the island nation.

Taiwan has been increasingly on edge since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, seeing parallels between their own situation with Beijing. After the invasion, the slogan "Today, Ukraine, tomorrow, Taiwan!" spread online, according to The New York Times.

According to some estimates, China spends more than $250 billion on its annual military budget, while Taiwan spends around $13 billion.

The Communist Party characteristically balked at Taiwan’s recent concerns in the wake of Moscow’s war in Ukraine, suggesting its exaggerated rhetoric meant to make Beijing look aggressive.

COMMENT:  I would not be shocked if China invaded Taiwan within the next year, and eventually captured it. What precisely would we do to stop the invasion?  Send ground troops to the beaches of Taiwan?  Send the Navy's Blue Angels over Taiwan in a show of support?  Threaten China with economic sanctions, but only if the sanctions didn't backfire against us?  Take the USS Missouri out of mothballs at Pearl Harbor to demonstrate how tough we once were? Ban Charlie Chan movies? The basic fact is that, having done so little about Ukraine, we are unlikely to do much more against a China that is much more formidable than Russia.  And our Asian allies will then see how valuable our promises really are.

March 12,  2022