These incidents present Taiwanese with two important questions. First, if President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) continues to insist on unification, are Taiwanese determined to spill blood to push him out of office? Second, are Taiwanese prepared for a situation in which China interferes in local affairs and even deploys its military and conducts mass killings here?
There are a number of reasons why the US cannot go to war with Russia. Given the protection Taiwan has from the US-Japan Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security, the situation here is somewhat different from Ukraine’s. However, is the US resolute enough on this front? What about Japan’s attitude? Just how long can Taiwan hold on?
These are all important questions. It must not be forgotten that China has already shown that it is prepared to go to war with Japan and even the US.
It is safe to say that by the next time the CCP and its partners challenge the free world, the world and Taiwan will not have a lot of time left to make any decisions.
Paul Lin is a political commentator.
Translated by Drew Cameron