Defiant island nation, waiting for China, watches Hong Kong's fate

Thursday, June 4, 2020
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Taiwan F-16At the same time China’s communist rulers are tightening their grip on Hong Kong, some are looking at the tiny island of Taiwan and wondering when its defiant leaders will be next.

The democratic island nation is home to a population of 24 million that includes an army, navy, air force, and marines with a combined force of approximately 300,000.

Taiwan's armed forces have been training for a future invasion from China across the 110-mile Taiwan Strait, but the tiny island, roughly the size of Maryland, has witnessed China emerge as a world superpower. 

Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, says Taiwan operates as a “fully functioning” democracy which is why the Chinese Communist Party wants to “eliminate” its enemies from the earth, he warns.

“Taiwan gives the lie to the Chinese Communist Party's claim," Mosher says, “that the Chinese people are not capable of democracy."

Hong Kong has enjoyed a similar role, too, demonstrating the freedom to protest, publish, and worship while China’s leaders have attempted to stamp out democracy in a territory China claims as its own. 

Chinese soldiers marchingThousands of Hong Kong citizens, in fact, are defying police orders this week and gathering to remember the Tiananmen Square massacre. This year marks the first time local authorities have opposed the annual vigil and warned Hong Kongers not to attend.

The first-ever crackdown on the annual vigila comes after China's passage of a national security law for Hong Kong, the latest evidence the "one country, two systems" arrangement is coming to end.

With the democracy of Hong Kong crumbling before our eyes, Mosher says Taiwan is next but insists the United States can come to Taiwan’s aid if the country is attacked.

“We are much stronger now than we were a few years ago,” he says, referring to the Obama administration. “We're strengthening Taiwan day by day, and that makes it increasingly unlikely that China would undertake a full-scale invasion of Taiwan."

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