Europe and Asia’s Arms Race

When European unification was launched, it was thought that “ever closer union” would establish a community that would protect Europeans from political blackmail. Now we see – though the lifting of the Union’s arms embargo may now be delayed thanks to US pressure and Chinese aggressiveness – that the European Union has become merely a tool for corruption when France and China draw up joint action plans.

The strategy is simple and ruthless. The world’s largest dictatorship is preparing to crush and occupy the first Chinese democracy in history – Taiwan. In order to do so, the People’s Republic needs much more sophisticated arms than those it possesses today.

The United States naturally does not export such arms to China. Instead, the US is trying to deter China’s rulers from launching a military attack on the democrats in Taiwan. But if the EU ever begins to offer China extensive exports of powerful and offensive weapons systems, the military power of the People’s Liberation Army would be able to defeat Taiwan’s defense forces. Over 600 missiles, already deployed on the mainland, are aimed at cities and military bases on the island.

We hope you're enjoying Project Syndicate.

To continue reading, subscribe now.

Subscribe

Get unlimited access to PS premium content, including in-depth commentaries, book reviews, exclusive interviews, On Point, the Big Picture, the PS Archive, and our annual year-ahead magazine.

http://prosyn.org/YRp94Qt;

Cookies and Privacy

We use cookies to improve your experience on our website. To find out more, read our updated cookie policy and privacy policy.