The mouthpiece for the Chinese Communist Party regime under the dictator Xi Jinping is attempting to draw a lesson from Afghanistan that is precisely at odds with the actual lesson, which is that trying to occupy another country and prop up an unpopular regime there in the face of a grassroots insurgency is difficult and prone to failure. Recent events in Afghanistan should give the CCP pause with regards to their militarist ambitions vis-a-vis Taiwan, not make them think they have some kind of easy path to conquest.
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On Aug 16, 2021, at 6:19 PM, jeff via LPSF Forum wrote:
#环球时报Editorial: From what happened in Afghanistan, those in Taiwan should perceive that once a war breaks out in the Straits, the island’s defense will collapse in hours and US military won’t come to help. As a result, the DPP will quickly surrender. https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202108/1231636.shtml
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A FB comment from Tyler Koteskey on the topic:
Of course they are. A Chinese publication trying to squeeze the biggest propaganda win they can out of this is entirely predictable doesn’t change the wisdom of withdrawal, particularly vis-a-vis our ability to actually pivot to the East to deter China long-term. Leaving Afghanistan saddles China with regional security problems rather than allowing them to free-ride off of us indefinitely, as they have already complained about. And frankly, only deciding to leave one of our deployments most peripheral to our core national interests after 20 years, 2 trillion dollars, and 2,500 lives says very little about a “lack of credibility,” and IR scholarship has demonstrated that perceptions of credibility do not transfer between security commitments of different importance the same way many hawks tend to assume.