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    Quote Originally Posted by astralis View Post
    or, if we have really, really stupid leadership prone to transactional diplomacy and not known for keeping his word.

    there's a reason why Tsai Ingwen is finally bumping up Taiwan military defense spending...
    If a 2% year on year increase actually matters..

    Seriously, between that 2% increase farce and those overweight (and grossly cost underestimated) domestic warship build up, who in the world does she think she's fooling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skywatcher View Post
    If a 2% year on year increase actually matters..

    Seriously, between that 2% increase farce and those overweight (and grossly cost underestimated) domestic warship build up, who in the world does she think she's fooling?
    Taiwan's lack of seriousness re defense spending might lead observers, disinterested and otherwise, to think they don't give a damn. If they don't give damn, why should anyone else care? This is especially true of Uncle Sam, who will have to bear most of the weight of any military assistance to Taiwan in the event China invades. On the one hand, you have Israel, whose only opposition is Arabs, who have been repeatedly defeated, spending big money on preparing for Armageddon. On the other, you have Taiwan, whose military was swept off the Chinese mainland ~70 years ago, trundling along on a piddling defense budget without a care in the world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mithridates View Post
    Taiwan's lack of seriousness re defense spending might lead observers, disinterested and otherwise, to think they don't give a damn. If they don't give damn, why should anyone else care? This is especially true of Uncle Sam, who will have to bear most of the weight of any military assistance to Taiwan in the event China invades. On the one hand, you have Israel, whose only opposition is Arabs, who have been repeatedly defeated, spending big money on preparing for Armageddon. On the other, you have Taiwan, whose military was swept off the Chinese mainland ~70 years ago, trundling along on a piddling defense budget without a care in the world.
    For all that pap about Taiwanese determination and grit that Messrs Cole and Easton are so fond of peddling, if the ROC electorate can't even be bothered to spend 5% of annual GDP on defense and bear a two year conscription for every able bodied male, how sincerely and deeply held is that "Taiwanese identity" going to be once the missiles start flying and their lines of communications get cut?

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