2-Aug-11 World View — China Could Defeat U.S. In War Over Taiwan

This morning’s key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com.

China could defeat U.S. in war over Taiwan

China's DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile
China’s DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile

A new report by Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense concludes that China already can defeat both Taiwan and the U.S. in a war over Taiwan, and that China’s superiority continues to increase each year. In particular, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has already deployed some DF-21D “carrier killer” ballistic missiles, which they believe can destroy any aircraft carrier that the U.S. Navy uses to come to Taiwan’s aid. Furthermore, China has strengthened strategic nuclear deterrence and nuclear counterattack ability, making a U.S. attack to aid Taiwan not an option. (Some sources say that the DF-21D is still being tested.) Asia Times

Worldwide manufacturing growth stalls in July

Manufacturing indexes from China, Europe and the United States published on Monday all showed a significantly slowed growth trend, confirming other figures that indicate that an economic slump is approaching. Reuters and Dow Jones

Israel will negotiate with Palestinians on 1967 borders

In a turnaround, Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed for the first time to start from the pre-1967 borders in border negotiations with the Palestinians. However, the offer is unlikely to be accepted by the Palestinians because it’s dependent on the Palestinians dropping their campaign for statehood at the United Nations next month and accepting Israel as a Jewish state. Telegraph

Turkey sharply raises its condemnation of Syria’s Assad

Scenes of massacre in Hama, Syria, on Sunday (Zaman)
Scenes of massacre in Hama, Syria, on Sunday (Zaman)

Following the horrific slaughter of Syria’s civilians by the army of president Bashar al-Assad on Sunday and continuing on Monday, Turkey’s government officials have substantially sharpened their critical rhetoric. Turkey’s President Abdullah Gül warned that it is not possible to remain silent in the face of such attacks that the whole world witnesses. “The incidents of Sunday simply horrified us. I am shaken by the use of heavy artillery and tanks against the people of Hama, right on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan.” Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu described the attack as “unjustifiable,” adding, “It is impossible to approve of the timing and methods of this operation. It is unacceptable for Ramadan to begin with casualties while we were expecting the Syrian regime to implement reforms swiftly.” In the past, unnamed Turkish officials have discussed an Turkish invasion into northern Syria to create a buffer zone. Zaman

British MP: Turkey has to tighten migrant controls

Keith Vaz, the chairman of Britain’s House of Commons home affairs committee demanded that Turkey dramatically enhance its border controls with Iran, Iraq and Syria, if it wants to pursue membership in the European Union. If not, then Turkey’s membership would open the floodgates to illegal migrants from Asia, and increased drug smuggling. Up to 80 per cent of heroin currently used in Europe is estimated by intelligence agencies to pass through Turkey. The National (UAE)

Ramadan may bring increased turmoil to ‘Arab Awakening’

Arab governments in the Middle East are preparing for increased tensions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which may reignite many of the violent uprisings of earlier in the year. “Throughout history, Ramadan has been the month of revolutions and victory,” says one expert. “I think it will inspire the youths of the Arab Spring to complete their struggles against injustice and tyranny.” Activists in Syria have already said that they plan to call for massive country-wide protests every day during Ramadan. Israel National News

China blames Muslim extremists trained in Pakistan for Xinjiang violence

China on Monday blamed Uighur Muslim extremists trained in Pakistan for launching the terrorist attacks in Xinjiang province over the weekend. The weekend violence, which killed 11, raised tensions across the Xinjiang region on China’s western frontier, which has been under tight security since 2009 when almost 200 people were killed in fighting between Han Chinese and minority Uighurs, a largely Muslim ethnic group that sees Xinjiang as its homeland. Pakistan is a close ally of China. Associated Press


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