Newt Gingrich: How to protect Taiwan without going to war with China

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One of the greatest national security challenges threatening America is the danger of a war with communist China over Taiwan.

After President Joe Biden’s disastrous surrender to the Taliban in Afghanistan – in which he didn’t consult or even inform our allies – the importance of supporting Taiwan’s independence is greater than ever. America’s failure to keep our 42-year public commitment to Taiwan would be devastating. It would shatter America’s reputation as a reliable nation, and countries around the world would become more likely to accommodate the Chinese Communist Party.

Our entire global alliance system would collapse. The shift to a communist China-dominated international system would be immediate. Mao Zedong’s 1956 comment that America was, “a paper tiger. Outwardly a tiger, it is made of paper, unable to withstand the wind and the rain” would prove to be prophetic. It is impossible to hold together a global coalition if the central power is a paper tiger.

The threat to Taiwan is real and could come sooner than people expect. Chinese Communist Party leaders have produced a wave of threatening articles and speeches about retaking Taiwan. The nearly 150 military aircraft that flew near Taiwanese air

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