Australians must face the fact that China is determined to invade Taiwan — and in a China-dominated region we won’t enjoy the freedoms we assume are our birthright.
~ by Alan Dupont

It is often said that there are only two certainties in life – death and taxes. But war and conflict must surely qualify as a third.

Despite our best efforts, we have yet to eliminate the scourge of war. The good news is that when they occur, most conflicts never ­escalate to the level of last century’s two ruinous conflagrations. We have all been accustomed to peace for so long that uber optimists believe major wars have been consigned to the dustbin of history.

But Taiwan’s emergence as a potential trigger for a hot war with global consequences is fundamentally changing perceptions. Earlier this year, The Economist described Taiwan as “the most dangerous place on Earth” – fearing that it could become the catalyst for war between the US and China.

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