Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, April 13, 2019

Beijing has a warning for Taiwan: toe the line or we'll do to you what Israel has done to Lebanon -- bomb you to pieces. That warning came after U.S. national security adviser John Bolton complained that Chinese J-11 fighters crossed the middle line of the Taiwan Strait, which somewhat unofficially demarcates control of the waters between China and Taiwan. It marked the first time in almost twenty years that Chinese aircraft have done this, with Taiwanese fighters scrambling to intercept them.



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"Washington is choosing the wrong place, time and opponent to flex its muscle in Taiwan Straits," warned Global Times. If the U.S. military stations forces in Taiwan, China will attack, the article said. If the U.S. sells advanced fighters like the F-16V to Taiwan, the People's Liberation Army will respond.

What's interesting are what those responses might be. "The PLA has many choices, including crossing the ‘middle line,' flying over the Taiwan island and even turn Taiwan into a Lebanon-like situation," the newspaper said. "These choices don't necessarily lead to war. They are enough to force Taiwan authorities to readjust their radical policies."

#1 | Posted by J_Tremain at 2019-04-13 07:27 PM | Reply

"China Threatens ... Taiwan"

Good grief this is an ignorant statement. "China" cannot threaten Taiwan. The mainland (PRC) and Taiwan (ROC) are both China.

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-04-13 08:45 PM | Reply

Good grief this is an ignorant statement. "China" cannot threaten Taiwan. The mainland (PRC) and Taiwan (ROC) are both China.

#2 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-04-13

China threatens China.

Much like Trump's recent threats towards certain American cities.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2019-04-14 08:29 AM | Reply

Taiwan is worth protecting, lest it fall to be Tibet v2.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2019-04-14 12:25 PM | Reply

It would appear the Chinese lack a little understanding of why Lebanon is where it is ...

#5 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-04-14 12:28 PM | Reply

Bring it. I have a number of issues with China. Let's resolve them.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2019-04-14 03:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Taiwan is worth protecting, lest it fall to be Tibet v2."

The indigenous Taiwanese, or Formosan aborigines, would tell you this already happened a long time ago. The situation between the PRC and the Taiwanese government is unique, because both parties were factions in China's civil war and both claim sovereignty over all of China. Taiwan's government (Republic of China) was officially recognized as China from the time the UN was formed in 1945 until 1971, when the General Assembly voted to take China's seat and permanent member status away from the Republic of China and gave it to a government which didn't even exist when the UN was formed. These are inconvenient facts that everyone who's studied international relations or east Asian history knows, but don't mention them in front of patriotic mainland Chinese because you'll "hurt their feelings".

#7 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-04-14 04:56 PM | Reply

True story:

Gen. Claire Chennault, commander of the 14th AAC in China during WW2, was married to Chaing Kai Shek's daughter. He and Chaing, leader of the Chinese Nationalists (democratic) were close.

Towards the close of WW2, Chaing told Chennault he wished to trade their millions in gold for weapons to fight Mao and the communists. Gen Chennault ran it past his commander, commander of the CBI Gen Stillwater, who refused to pass the offer on, so Chaing reached out directly to Truman.

Stillwater was so pissed about Chaing going over his head and jealous of Chennault's relationship with Chaing Kai Shek, he fired Chennault. Chaing called Truman and told him he would only work with Chennault, who was reinstated.

In retribution, Stillwater sold Chaing Kai Shek and the Chinese Nationalists rusty artillery left on coral atolls across the Pacific as well as guns that were stored after being taken out of service. Nothing worked.

Mao, who was outnumbered, won as a result, and the rest is history.

China would be a democratic government today had one man, Gen Stillwater, not acted like a little baby.

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-04-14 05:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1


Claire Lee Chennault (September 6, 1890 – July 27, 1958) was an American military aviator best known for his leadership of the "Flying Tigers" and the Republic of China Air Force in World War II.

He feuded constantly with General Joseph Stilwell, the U.S. Army commander in China, and helped China's Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek to convince President Roosevelt to remove Stilwell in 1944.

He had two daughters by his second wife, Chen Xiangmei (Anna Chennault), a young reporter for the Central News Agency whom he married on December 2, 1947. She became one of the Republic of China's chief lobbyists in Washington, DC.

#9 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-04-14 06:36 PM | Reply

UN Charter
Article 23

1. The Security Council shall consist of fifteen Members of the United Nations. The Republic of China, France, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America shall be permanent members of the Security Council.

#10 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-04-14 07:04 PM | Reply


As my FIL relayed the story (he was an officer who served with Chennault in China) this all happened after FDR died and Truman was president. I got the last name slightly wrong, but Stilwell was commander of the the CBI (China/Burma/India), not just China. My FIL described him as "a real -----". And the guy who lost China to the communists because of his temper tantrum about Chaing Kai Shek going over his head directly to Truman.

#11 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2019-04-15 07:01 AM | Reply

AU, I believe you. I just think it's funny how some of the details got changed when the information was conveyed via "Chinese whispers".

#12 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-04-15 09:52 AM | Reply

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