Taiwan is threatened? Anyone reading the news will notice that Taiwan and China are enjoying a relationship unlike any they have ever had. There are flights to and from the two places. There is open trade. We watch Taiwan TV here! Expect improving relations that will culminate in some kind of Hong Kong type of arrangement. They were smart enough not to mess with Hong Kong's success. You still need to go through customs to go into Hong Kong. It has its own government.
If you are looking for answers to China's military buildup, you might want to look at the countries that border it:
- North Korea
I am not trying to defend its military buildup exactly, but if I shared a border with Pakistan and Afghanistan, I think it would be prudent to be prepared for the worst. This paranoid Times article is a little alarmist, and reflects an out of touch cold war mentality. What do they think we should do, borrow more money from China, so we can defend against them????