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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