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Beijing’s sinister long-term goals

By Shirley Kan

In countering China’s coercion or conflict, Taiwan’s civilian and military leadership needs to strengthen strategic communication, conveying domestically and internationally that Taiwan’s military and people have the will and capability to defend their homeland.

Taiwan might be reminded of former British prime minister Winston Churchill’s speech that “we shall fight on the beaches.”

On June 4, 1940, Churchill declared with full confidence that “we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

Shirley Kan is a retired specialist in Asian security affairs who worked for the US Congress at the non-partisan Congressional Research Service and is a member of non-profit Global Taiwan Institute’s advisory board.

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