"(Reuters) - Taiwanese coast guard commander Lin Chie-ming is on the
frontline of a new type of warfare that China is waging against Taiwan.
China's weapon? Sand.
On a chilly morning in late January, Lin, clad in an orange uniform,
stood on the rolling deck of his boat as it patrolled in choppy waters
off the Taiwan-run Matsu Islands. A few kilometers away, the Chinese
coast was faintly visible from Lin's boat. He was on the lookout for
Chinese sand-dredging ships encroaching on waters controlled by Taiwan.
The Chinese goal, Taiwanese officials say: pressure Taiwan by tying down
the island democracy's naval defenses and undermining the livelihoods of
Via Lee David Rothstein, who wrote:
[Side note: China is consuming so much sand in concrete construction,
that sand has become a global precious resource.]
Chinas meta-strategy of “slow erosion”, as opposed to even verbal
confrontation, are so actualized by current American ethos of knee
jerk reaction, that we and our allies will lose at every turn.
In brief, so-called “America, First”, guarantees America, Last!
*** Xanni ***
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