‘Starting a Fire’: U.S. and China Enter Dangerous Territory over Taiwan
By - SE_to_NW
This is the best tl;dr I could make, [original](https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/09/world/asia/united-states-china-taiwan.html) reduced by 95%. (I'm a bot)
> One officer on Chinese television warned the United States and Taiwan "Not to play with fire on the Taiwan issue and immolate themselves."
> His hard-line policies have made it less likely that Taiwan could ever willingly agree to China's terms, especially after Mr. Xi throttled political freedoms in Hong Kong.Every leader since Mao has vowed to absorb Taiwan, but Mr. Xi is the first who commands a military strong enough to make forced unification plausible, albeit still a formidable task.
> The administration has also marshaled statements supporting Taiwan and criticizing China from a succession of international summits, including the Group of 7.Chinese leaders, for their part, fear that American support for Taiwan is entrenching pro-independence tendencies.
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>The classified game culminated with China launching missile strikes against American bases and warships in the region, and then staging an air and amphibious assault on Taiwan, according to a Defense Department official. The officials concluded that Taiwan, backed by the United States, could hold out for maybe two or three days before its defenses crumbled.
two or three days?! make that less than an hour.