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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, January 29, 2023

The Republican chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Sunday he agreed with a statement that suggested the U.S. could be at war with China in 2025 " but the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee pushed back. "I hope he's wrong as well. I think he's right, though, unfortunately," Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Sunday on "Fox News Sunday," in reference to a U.S. Air Force general who reportedly predicted war with China.

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Does anyone think that China will be ready to cross the straights over to Taiwan by 2025?

More GOP hysteria.

#1 | Posted by Zed at 2023-01-29 04:20 PM | Reply

An invasion of Taiwan would be a complete waste of resources by China and they know it. And what would there be to gain?

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2023-01-29 04:36 PM | Reply

Related...

In Beijing's backyard, U.S. demonstrates its military might
www.reuters.com

...Over a few hours under grey skies, dozens of combat planes and helicopters roar on and off the flight deck of the aircraft carrier Nimitz, in a demonstration of U.S. military power in some of the world's most hotly contested waters.

MH-60 Seahawk helicopters and F/A-18 Hornet jets bearing pilot call signs like "Fozzie Bear", "Pig Sweat" and "Bongoo" emit deafening screams as they land in the drizzle on the Nimitz, which is leading a carrier strike group that entered the South China Sea two weeks ago.

The group's commander, Rear Admiral Christopher Sweeney, said the tour was part of a U.S. commitment to uphold freedom of passage in the waters and airspace of a region vital to global trade.

We are going to sail, fly and operate wherever international norms and rules allow. We're going to do that safely and we're going to be resolute about that," Sweeney told Reuters on Friday.

"It's really just about sailing and operating obviously with our allies and partners in the area and assuring them of free and open commerce and trade in the Indo-Pacific."

A U.S. presence in the South China Sea, a conduit for about $3.4 trillion of annual trade, has been welcomed by allies like Japan, South Korea, the Philippines and Australia, but it continues to rile rival China, which sees the exercises as provocations in its backyard.

China claims historic jurisdiction over almost the entire South China Sea, which includes the exclusive economic zones of Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and the Philippines.

Beijing has been conducting regular exercises too and maintains a large presence of coast guard and fishing vessels far off its mainland - a source of frequent tension with its neighbours....



#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-29 05:55 PM | Reply

As long as we shift the discussion away from the war crimes Russia is committing on a daily basis.

#4 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-01-30 03:02 PM | Reply

If the the USA has anything to do with it.

#5 | Posted by fresno500 at 2023-01-30 07:17 PM | Reply

#3

The US government still views China as the primary threat to national security, even as war rages in Europe.

And I don't get it.

From a decision calculus standpoint, China has to know that it's prosperity is tethered to western markets. And invasion of Taiwan, even if it were successful, would result in the country becoming economically isolated from western markets in the same way Russia has been. Only worse, because China exports finished goods, not energy products.

I just don't see how president Xi would want to trade China's prosperity for a single island. And on the other hand, think of all the goodwill China would earn in the west if it abandoned all claims to Taiwan.

Oh, and the Navy has horrible callsigns. I normally just call them by their first names because their callsigns are simply too annoying.

#6 | Posted by madbomber at 2023-01-30 11:33 PM | Reply

All the GQP has is fear and lies.

From a decision calculus standpoint, China has to know that it's prosperity is tethered to western markets. And invasion of Taiwan, even if it were successful, would result in the country becoming economically isolated from western markets in the same way Russia has been. Only worse, because China exports finished goods, not energy products.

Can you imagine the outcry from the public of no longer being able to replace their smartphone or television? Corporate America sold out our national interests for quarterly bonuses and Washington was happy to allow it.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2023-01-31 05:32 PM | Reply

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