Steve_American wrote:Well, if China really wants to invade Tiawan, then yes, it should already be building pipelines and RR lines. Is it? Peter is not telling me that it is. Nobody is saying that.
Of course, as of now it is the chips. But, they weren't making chips 20 years ago.
I have seen a few reports that the US wants to contain a rival=China. To do that it wants to keep the islands that ring it as Allies. These are Japan, Okinawa and other islands, then Taiwan, then the Philippines, then Borneo/Malaya and finally Indonesia.
I don't see why China has to go against that. Japan is doing fine (better than China for its people) as an American ally.
China and Japan can compete economically with the US, why do it militarily or navally?
This is especially true with climate change.
Now is the best time to cooperate on climate measures.
IMHO, if all humans don't join the cooperation agreement, then humans will be extinct.
To be honest Steve, I don't actually know what we are debating now. I don't think China is going to invade Taiwan unless there are external influences pushing for independence so we agree. Even the US isn't (officially) promoting independence either. China are working with the opposition of Taiwan and I guess they are happy to wait to see what happens here.
As for Japan, what are you saying here? That China want Japan? China have done no imperialist moves nor have they started any wars to assume that. I have no issue with Japan and the US allying in order to deter China's hypothetical imperial ambitions but that is different to Taiwan anyway. Taiwan is China. That's it. China want it back and are willing to allow the island autonomy. They are patient and will wait for a natural transition as long as the path of unification isn't hindered, which means that will keep the status quo as long as the West understand that and not try and change the outcome.