Fake News: China and Taiwan go to war

Don’t be fooled by the fake news syndicates.

Readership: Current residents of North America, i.e. the United States of America; Westerners; Those from China or Taiwan;
Length: 900 words
Reading Time: 3 minutes

As most readers already know, I’m an American citizen, and I’ve lived in Taiwan since 2004.

On October 5, 2021, my mother sent me a message in a very worried tone. She said the news is reporting that “China is threatening Taiwan”, and she welcomed me to come back to the States if I felt unsafe.

I was a bit confused, so I asked her for specific details of the news she heard. She said China was devising military strategies to take over Taiwan and threatening to deploy submarines. She sent me this photograph of the news headlines on TV.

I was surprised to see this. Fake news. Nothing is happening here on the ground in Taiwan, and there is no such news from Taiwan’s news media.

On the other hand, the headlines are not entirely false. If the whole story were told (and it is a long one that Americans are not much interested in), the democratic Kuomingtang (the KMT later became the governing body in Taiwan) has been at war against communist factions in China since 1927 – almost a century!

I won’t go into the history here, but ever since the KMT retreated to Taiwan in 1949, the animosity has been reduced to a cold war of words, ideologies, and diplomacy. Furthermore, times have changed since WW2. In recent history, the overarching goal has been to preserve the peace between China and Taiwan and promote economic growth, and this, in spite of the history of political differences. This sentiment is often described as “maintaining the status quo”. Since 1992, a couple of agreements have been reached towards maintaining the status quo.

So yes, the threat of war has been a part of life in Taiwan for the past few hundred years. But actual war? Not so much. Not since 1949 anyway. The western news exaggerates too much.

No one in Taiwan wants a war with China, or with any other country for that matter.

The only newsworthy events of a military nature between China and Taiwan is that the Chinese Air Force periodically crosses into Taiwan air space, and are then repelled by the Taiwan Air Force (with no shots fired). This cat-and-mouse game has been happening for over a year. No one bats an eye anymore, except to complain about the annoyance and the monetary costs of deploying aircraft to deal with this situation.

The fake news is trying to play up the danger based on the fact that these air space incursions have been happening more frequently over the past week…

“Over a four-day period beginning on Friday, Taiwan said that nearly 150 PLA military aircraft entered its ADIZ, part of a pattern of what Taipei calls Beijing’s continued harassment of the nation.”

Taipei Times: Military tensions worst in 40 years: Chiu (2021-10-07)

…but no submarines, and no missiles.

Yes, Taiwan has been building up it’s military through arms and machinery purchases from the U.S., but mainly for defense purposes. There is no aggressive plan to go “hot”. Military generals have said that even if China invades Taiwan, they will not take the first shot.

Taiwan is probably the most peaceful place on Earth.

Once in a while, there will be a report of Chinese fishermen who defect by sailing or swimming to Taiwan’s shores and who then have to go through a rigorous examination to determine their identity, intentions, and motivations.

“But on the ground in Taiwan, people are neither running for one of the island’s 117,000 working bomb shelters nor enlisting en masse.

Having lived under the threat of Chinese military action for the past 70 years, the island’s 23 million people have come to understand what they consider the strange paradox of Taiwan’s existence: even as China’s military might grows, invasion does not necessarily come any closer.

Some experts believe much of the threat assessment by the US military may actually be more of a reflection of a shift in US perceptions about China amid the deteriorating relationship between the world’s two economic giants.

Aljazeera: Is China really about to invade Taiwan? (2021-04-14)

Note that last line. Aljazeera has it right. I’ve said this before — you have to go outside the U.S. to get the real news. I don’t even waste my time watching U.S. syndicated news anymore. You shouldn’t either. I recommend RT and Aljazeera. Readers are welcome to name others.

Extrapolating the idea in that last paragraph from Aljazeera, I believe that by running these news headlines, the PTB in the U.S. may very well be trying to sway popular opinion in a move to set the stage and gear up for another war, just like what was done in 1964, 1991, 2001, and 2003. I hope the governments of both China and Taiwan are aware of this, as well as the good people of the United States, and that they won’t be played like pansy pawns against each other in the larger war for globalist power and the New World Odor.

“And you will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.”

Matthew 24:6 (NASB)

Don’t succumb to the fear mongering being presented in the news. Don’t play along with the follies. Do your own research. Think for yourself. Decide for yourself what to believe and act on your own convictions.

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31 Responses to Fake News: China and Taiwan go to war

  1. Thanks for this. I almost fell for the hype.
    Whenever I’ve been close enough to a news story to know the facts, the media have overhyped it. One example of many: Australian media made it seem like the people of Tokyo were running for the first train out own town during the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Never happened. Maybe 0.1% of the city fled, mostly foreigners, and everyone else calmly went about their business. I got those same, panicked calls from family when absolutely nothing was happening.
    Al Jazeera and RT will also lie about certain stories. I have another experience with the former making stuff up I knew to be false. The best bet, though imperfect, is to follow accounts of people on the ground. Like you in Taiwan. This is how I’ve been following developments in Melbourne.

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  2. Joe2 says:

    “I don’t even waste my time watching U.S. syndicated news anymore. You shouldn’t either. I recommend RT and Aljazeera.”

    Recommend Al Jazeera? Really, you’re not serious, are you? The controversies, criticism, bias, and antisemitism of Al Jazeera seem to be pretty well documented. I would approach Al Jazeera with great caution.

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  3. Adam says:

    “No one in Taiwan wants a war with China …”

    It only takes one to tango. You probably won’t get a say in it.

    “This cat-and-mouse game has been happening for over a year. No one bats an eye anymore, except to complain about the annoyance and the monetary costs of deploying aircraft to deal with this situation.”

    You might not bat an eyelid, but this is not normal. Historically it presages war. German aircraft were doing the same thing over Soviet territory for months before Hitler made his move. Stalin was convinced that everything was hunky-dorey though.

    “Taiwan is probably the most peaceful place on Earth.”

    You could say that of hundreds of places. That is, until the you-know-what hits the fan.

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    • Lexet Blog says:

      Doubt China wants to harm the people and infrastructure. Sure they don’t care for their own populace, but Taiwan is a highly productive cash cow for them.

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  4. Red Pill Apostle says:

    “The only newsworthy events of a military nature between China and Taiwan is that the Chinese Air Force periodically crosses into Taiwan air space, and are then repelled by the Taiwan Air Force (with no shots fired). This cat-and-mouse game has been happening for over a year.”

    What are the chances the airspace violations have a duel purpose? They are a continuation of China’s friction with Taiwan but they are also a probe to see how the US will react and to what extent the US will react.

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    • Jack says:

      “What are the chances the airspace violations have a duel purpose?”

      I see it as “sabre rattling” — a display of dominance and power (which the Chinese have a habit of doing) — not as a provocation to war. The Chinese approach is to gain territory through attrition, encroachment, hegemony, and “Salami Slicing“… the “death by 1,000 cuts” kind of thing — not a hard, fast, decisive war like western powers prefer. I don’t doubt that they’re testing Taiwan’s reaction and probably collecting some information too. Maybe they’re hoping that shots will be fired in the conflict, by some “accident”, and that this will warrant the use of more force. But they cannot allow themselves to be seen as an unprovoked aggressor with no reasonable justification.

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  5. Maniac says:

    If and when China invades Taiwan, America shouldn’t intervene. Wishful thinking on my part, I know.

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    • feeriker says:

      America won’t intervene. With a puppet “commander-in-chief” who’s on Beijing’s payroll and a military force more concerned with “diversity” than combat readiness, there is nothing the U.S. can or will do to stop a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. If they’re foolish enough to try, it will just spell the quick end of the country as a superpower empire – which. come to think of it, wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.

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      • thedeti says:

        One thing is for sure – the American century is over. the USA’s time as a world hegemonic power has passed. The time when “What will the US do? How will the US react?” influenced the course of geopolitical conflict is over. The US no longer has that influence or power. The only reason the Chinese haven’t declared us bankrupt and enslaved us all is (1) because we still have nukes; and (2) they need all 350 million of us fat, broke, dependent, and consuming. They need us anesthetized on Kardashians, memes, iPhones, and crappy food.

        The Romans said, “Keep the masses fed and entertained. Give them bread and circuses.” Today, they give us McDonald’s and TikTok. They give us HotPockets and Netflix.

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      • redpillboomer says:

        Correct. It would require a US administration with the cojones to intervene militarily in a China-Taiwan conflict. I don’t think we would do it with either party in the White House. Our elite (D or R) would bluster and maybe try a few economic sanctions, maybe; either way a mainland Chinese takeover would be declared a fait accompli, sooner or later.

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    • Lexet Blog says:

      I highly doubt Japan would consent to being dragged into a war, and most of our air assets are based in Japan.

      We would have to operate off carriers alone, and the chances of losing one would be very high. We also can’t afford to lose a carrier battle group, or the thousands of sailors in them.

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  6. Lastmod says:

    If China attacked Taiwan, there would be stern words…… the western powers, Japan, India would “condemn the aggression”.

    And nothing would be done. I also honestly believe at this point… the US forces would be no match against China, and deep down inside the USA knows it too.

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    • feeriker says:

      “I also honestly believe at this point… the US forces would be no match against China, and deep down inside the USA knows it too.”

      If they couldn’t defeat a few tens of thousands of smelly goat herders armed with obsolete weapons, what on earth would make them think that they could defeat an armed force of a couple of hundred million armed with near state-of-the-art weaponry?

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    • redpillboomer says:

      “And nothing would be done. I also honestly believe at this point… the US forces would be no match against China, and deep down inside the USA knows it too.”

      What’s even scarier, not sure who our forces would be a match for anymore. We still have serious firepower, however the state of the troops is a big question mark. I don’t think anyone could ascertain how the current military would do because you fight with your heart and head as much as you do with your weaponry and equipment. I’m not sure where our military’s ‘heart and head’ are these days. I’ve been retired for six years now and from what I’ve heard, the last six years have seen some serious decline, but I don’t know this for a fact from the inside, just from what I read; you know, stuff like the focus on ‘wokeness’ instead of operational readiness. If true that is not the military I came into back in the 80s. Back then it was readiness, readiness, and more readiness. I will admit that was a long time ago, even though only 35 years ago, it’s been a long 35 years. I do know for a fact, our Cold War military was uber badass, but that got dismantled in the 1990s with the Force reductions and other ‘reduction’ programs that went on into the next century.

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  7. feeriker says:

    One of the most irritating aspects of life in these (Dis)United States is the extent to which the inmates (the majority of them) have been brainwashed into believing the propaganda that masquerades as news. It’s such thorough conditioning that they’ll even believe propaganda that is contradicted by the evidence in front of their very own eyes. Case in point: the supposed “invasion” of the Southern border. My own nonagenarian mother, FauxNews junkie that she is, is absolutely convinced that we’re under siege by alien hordes right here in Southern Arizona, despite the fact that she hasn’t seen even one of these so-called “invaders” in her daily sojourns about town. Her own eyes just HAVE to be lying to her because, after all, if Fox News reports it it HAS to be true.

    And no, the programming can’t be easily reversed by either direct contradictory evidence or “common” sense. The sheep have been too thoroughly herded.

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  8. Lexet Blog says:

    Wink three times if the Chinese that took over Taiwan are telling you to say this.

    Jk jk

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  9. Red Pill Apostle says:

    Pat Buchanan has a decent Taiwan and China article on Townhall today. I would tend to agree from a game theory strategy standpoint, that the US looks weak and China is testing. I am certain that the president is more interested in the flavor of his afternoon pudding than geo-political strategy. We’ll see what happens.

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  10. Oscar says:

    @ Jack

    “No one in Taiwan wants a war with China.”

    Peace is a two-way street. War, not so much.

    “Taiwan is probably the most peaceful place on Earth.”

    The same could have been said of Hong Kong until very recently. I hope you’re right, and I’m wrong, but you’ll probably find yourself ruled by the CCP very soon, and Xiden will do nothing to stop it.

    And, no, I didn’t get that from the media, American or otherwise.

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  11. zeonicfreak says:

    American media is such as State ran entity for cable and internet. It’s gotten so much worse in the past few years and I can clearly see it, or maybe its been that way for years and im now finally seeing it. They don’t even try and hide how bias CBS is, in which a few years ago they treaded on that fine line. I just watch lame-stream news on in the afternoons as a comedy show, still beating the overly dead horse that is Covid this and Covid that. It’s all nonsense propaganda.

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  12. Jack says:

    From the comments so far, I can see that opinions are divided. Some commenters think the news is exaggerating (as I do), while others think there may be a nugget of truth in this news. This is the point at which the news attempts to enter our consciousness — that gray area of speculation in which it is impossible for us to know what will happen. The news cashes in on this uncertainty to mould popular opinion, which in turn, plays a part in how things will turn out. Of course, only in hindsight will everything make sense.

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    • anonymous_ng says:

      The story goes that some people were vacationing when German tanks rolled across the Polish border because they thought it inconceivable Germany would invade, and some had already emigrated to the US. That second group turned out to be the smart ones, but if the Germans hadn’t invaded, would they have been better off staying?

      Were can you find the truth?

      IMO, you get no closer reading the news from another country, of from many other countries. Instead, you are just getting currated and manipulated stories with other agendas.

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      • Lexet Blog says:

        Then the writing was on the wall. Here, the writing is on the wall, but that writing is that 1- China views Taiwanese as Chinese and fellow countrymen. 2- it’s their territory, and 3- they want their infrastructure and industry.

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  15. Lastmod says:

    “What is truth?” ~ Pontius Pilate

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