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Monday, September 06, 2021

Taiwan has said a large incursion of Chinese military jets flew into its air defence zone on Sunday.

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Do we have plans to nuke Taiwan before our microchip capability falls into China's hands?

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-06 11:03 AM | Reply

The China - Taiwan battle is just beginning.

What is not yet known is how deeply the United States will eventually become involved.


#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-06 11:05 AM | Reply

#3 - You are so correct. I've seen this brewing for years and I have always had the very same thought that the US was going to be inextricably involved. At the e risk of sounding melodramatic, it wouldn't surprise me if this is the next Archduke Ferdinand assassination or Polish invasion

#3 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-06 11:14 AM | Reply

@#1 ... our microchip capability falls into China's hands ...

Well, there's the CHIPS for America Act.

Senate approves billions for US semiconductor manufacturing
www.theverge.com

That's a start.

Then there's

Here's why TSMC and Intel keep building foundries in the Arizona desert
arstechnica.com

But it is going to take a while for chip fabs to return significantly to the United States.

Until then, we (and our national security) will be dependent upon the winds blowing in the far east.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-06 11:33 AM | Reply

The Intel plant in Chandler AZ is huge . Good paying jobs, no nets outside to catch jumpers.

The article says 13.6 inches of rain a year. Maybe this year but the average is 7 something. 5 months without a drop is common.

I worked at a place that manufactured stuff for the chip making gizmos.

That paid well too and you got ridiculous amounts if overtime.

#5 | Posted by bruceaz at 2021-09-06 12:06 PM | Reply

If China takes over a neighboring country all it's other neighbors will be right to assume they plan on taking one of them next.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-06 06:45 PM | Reply

Nothing really to stop them from doing things like this... so long as their navigation is really accurate. Cross the wrong line and they might get shot at.

#7 | Posted by REDIAL at 2021-09-06 06:49 PM | Reply

Eventually there will be a reckoning between China and the USA over the fate of Taiwan. I hope it is peaceful. Or at least quasi peaceful. (Meaning only a few hundred people die and not a few million.)

#8 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-09-06 06:53 PM | Reply

Do we have plans to nuke Taiwan before our microchip capability falls into China's hands?

#1 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

More importantly do we have proper plans in place to properly evacuate our people and our allies this time after that situation goes all snafu ... like they always seem to do and you know it will.

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-06 08:23 PM | Reply

If they attack Taiwan South Korea and Japan will become nuclear powers in a week.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-06 09:15 PM | Reply

@#9 ... More importantly do we have proper plans in place to properly evacuate our people and our allies this time after that situation goes all snafu ... ...

Apropos?

(political cartoon)
www.usnews.com

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-06 10:03 PM | Reply

$6 - not Japan. Their constitution forbids nukes in the country. When I was in the Navy, certain warships were not allowed in their ports unless the US averred there were no nukes on board. Ballistic missiles are also prohibited by the Japanese Constitution.

#12 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-06 10:40 PM | Reply

Biden could give Taiwan some nukes to keep China guessing.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-06 10:51 PM | Reply

$6 - not Japan. Their constitution forbids nukes in the country.

I paused for a second thinking about nuclear powered aircraft carriers, and remembering how some submarines are not allowed to make port calls at certain friendly countries - but again that is likely due to their cargo, not energy source.

#14 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-09-06 11:04 PM | Reply

#14 - you are right. They have nuclear power plants after all. Fukushima being the most infamous of them.

#15 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-06 11:21 PM | Reply

When Japan feels seriously threatened by China their fears of nukes will disappear. When China attacks Taiwan all bets are off, Japan will become just as nuclear protected as the rest of us. Japan is not going to allow China to bully them.
China is going to get their comeuppance within the next 10 years. The rest of the world will just stop buying anything from them and also refuse to feed them.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-07 04:10 AM | Reply

"When Japan feels seriously threatened by China their fears of nukes will disappear. "

I think their fear will intensify and righfully so.

#17 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-07 09:39 AM | Reply

Japan is sitting on enough material for 500+ warheads and can begin detonate the first one within a year of launching the project.

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-09-07 03:36 PM | Reply

#4 | Posted by LampLighter

Great article. I had heard about this. Here's hoping... Could also be why China is getting more aggressive.

#19 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-07 04:18 PM | Reply

#10 | Posted by Tor

South Korea is preparing to build conventional bombs with the power of tactical nukes already so there's that... Final testing phase.

#20 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-07 04:22 PM | Reply

#12 | Posted by jakester

And not country has ever changed it's constitution over night either. Japan is and has been worried.

#21 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-07 04:23 PM | Reply

#28 - correct. They are in the "final stages" of development. The bomb will be the equivalent of 18k tons of TNT. The Hiroshima nuke was 20k. It will be attached to a missile that can deliver it almost 250 miles, in other words anywhere in N Korea.

I think there was a thread here about it a few weeks ago.

#22 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-07 04:39 PM | Reply

China has so little to gain and so much to lose by continuing their slow moving invasion of Taiwan.

I doubt the majority of voters in China have any desire to see it invaded.

#23 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-07 05:05 PM | Reply

#23 - I believe you are correct. However, their insistence that Taiwan is theirs has ben so overhwleming, to back down would be to lose face. I don't think China is willing to do that.

But then again, maybe that is why they are doing this -- to save face because they realize an invasion is not worth it.

#24 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-07 05:22 PM | Reply

#21 - " Japan is and has been worried."

They should be. China has not forgotten Manchuria and subsequent atrocities.

#25 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-07 05:43 PM | Reply

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