Quote: Firkin @ 19th July 2021, 9:17 PM
You make a fair point DaButt, but Hong Kong use to be a province of China and Taiwan is debatable, so my initial point of "protecting boarders" stands. I'm not happy with what China is doing either. But America put boots on the ground in Korea, Cambodia and Vietnam who were never part of America, nor are they bordering. This is seen in the region as much more aggressive. Surly you can see their grievances ? Guess which side the South East Asia dragons are and will group if we go the way Orwell suggested in his book 1984.
Did the United States permanently seize territory in Korea, Cambodia, or Vietnam? Apples and oranges. China has disputes with Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, North Korea, Singapore, Brunei, Nepal, Bhutan, Laos, Mongolia, Myanmar and Tibet, and they haven't been shy about using military force in the past, either.
China's theft of intellectual property, their concentrations camps, cyber attacks, Internet censorship, aggressive military activities, and seizure of disputed territory make them the number one threat to world peace and stability. Our only hope of avoiding a bloody world war is a bloody civil war in which the citizens of China overthrow their repressive masters. Perhaps a Wuhan lab smoking gun could be the shot that starts that war, but I doubt there are any living witnesses to tell the tale.
EDIT: It's hard to see how China's military base in Djibouti can be seen as "protecting its borders" and many more will follow. My hunch is that they'll be in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the very near future, but they'll have to pony up a lot of cash and weaponry to get the Taliban to look the other way about the whole Uigher thing.