Why Is Taiwan Important?

Every Chinese knows that Taiwan is important. The ambition of China is to be among the First World nations, present or next. To win a conventional war against the U.S. in the restoration of Taiwan is a highly symbolic milestone in their ultimate objective. Without such an excuse, they don’t have the moral ground for their military rise. Why must the U.S. back Taiwan? Well, the former relationship of the Nationalists with the U.S. was way too good. By law, the U.S. has the responsibility to defend Taiwan. The law can change. That’s the problem! However, I believe that the problem with Taiwan is so well understood by both sides, namely, the U.S. and China, that they both want to keep it that way. After all, it’s always a good idea to keep an enemy around to justify national defense, so long as that enemy is always under control.

A naval force comparable to that of the U.S. or even Russia is way beyond the capability of China. It’s not worth it anyway. The strength of the Chinese military power still lies in its ground force. In Asia, that’s all that matters. Who cares about navy anyway? The question remains, why is the Chinese air force that weak? If they are not building their future space force, they may appear to be quite delusional. Aren’t they aware? Do they care? In any case, I am not a Chinese. Why should I care? However, I do care to a certain extent, just because lots of people call me a Chinese for no reason. Do I have a choice?

The only stable perpetual natural energy source is geothermal power, which always provides regardless of weather conditions. You don’t have to worry about environmental issues, as deep holes under ocean floors don’t bother the fish nearby, if there is any at all. Oceans, like lands, are full of deserts. Most ocean floors are very close to Earth’s mantle, roughly 5 km on average. Holes under the sea are easy to shut off by simply opening their gates and letting water in, in the worst case. The question is, how are we to transport the power to remote areas far from the sea? Well, irrigational water towers that serve both farms and cities will store the power easily, in a highly distributed grid all over China. Now, the cheapest route to the nearest ocean floor is, of course, through Taiwan into the Pacific Ocean. Otherwise, they will have disputes with either Japan or some southern Asian countries. Nowadays, nothing is easy in the international arena without a good relationship with the First World. Wars are too costly for a remote future for now. What should China do? Do they even know about the problem?

Taiwan is very boring. If Taiwan still seeks independence seriously, the Taiwanese people have to know their worth. They can’t always count on the U.S. and I can see that Americans are already quite tired of this decades-old issue. Taiwan doesn’t need a savior. Taiwan needs self-awareness. Every time Taiwanese sign up for a petition begging for a free gift of independence in the U.S., I almost want to cry. Even Sri Lanka knows better how to pursue their independence dream. Don’t get me wrong. India is a formidable enemy, even to Taiwan in a hypothetical scenario. It’s a very good example to compare with. I still believe in a bright future of Taiwan, with or without independence.


About Run Song

Run Song (宋闰) is my pen name for the Moments of Poetry, a collection of poems about the greatest moments of life. If photography captures the greatest moments of life, poetry is the life behind them.
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