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Discussion in 'Strategic Defense' started by Jeff Head, Apr 6, 2015.

  1. Viktor Jav
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    Unless it is something as critical as Syria leasing an entire port in perpetuity to China (ie:Latakia), I can't see how Beijing is going stick its hand into this quagmire. Even then such an offer would be one of doubtful value. The Mediterranean is basically a closed off bowl, if Syria was sitting on the Indian Ocean, doubtlessly China would have jumped on the prospect of having such a foothold.
    Russia is going all in because it needs to maintain it's Tartus naval base as a vanguard to the Black Sea area.
    In all honesty I won't be surprised if China has deployed covert intelligence assets to both survey and advise the Syrian forces but that did be the limit of what they are willing to do, apart from selling them weapons via 3rd party connections but lets be honest everyone is doing that at the moment. With all the weapons, factions and doctrinal tactics involved in Syria, that place is an intelligence gold mine.
     
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    I don't think China takes sides in any mid east conflict. China has business partners everywhere from Israel to Saudi Arabia, and so on.
     
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    What do you guys think of this video? Is the Taiwan military really in such shambles?
     
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    Beats me since I can't understand Chinese well enough. But I will say a couple of things.
    Their military equipment is like early 1980s. It is insufficient in quality. Also their defensive posture is IMHO real poor.

    Then, with all the moves to both decrease conscription time and even eliminate conscription altogether, there is simply no way Taiwan can defend itself against a much larger army like the PLA's. I see very timid prospects of this situation improving. Especially when US leaders still use Taiwan as a bargaining chip in trade with mainland China and noone else will even sell weapons to them.
     
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    What particularly surprised me in the above video was the claim that only 50% of Taiwan's military officers show up for work!
     
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