Visible nervousness in Taiwan

Below are some great news for neo-Luddites and misanthropes who like to celebrate Christmas in a nuclear winter.

ABC News In-depth (03:46 – 05:36):

Taiwan’s Foreign Minister, Joseph Wu (full interview) | China Tonight

ABC News In-depth:

Gao: Nuclear subs deal means Australia will lose ‘privilege of not being targeted’ | China Tonight

Prepping is for pussies, but we nerds must have something to read when there are no ebooks after light pollution is no longer a problem on Earth. So go out now and buy some offline hardcover post-apocalyptica, because PLA will be mighty annoyed when reading The Wall Street Journal today:

U.S. Troops Have Been Deployed in Taiwan for at Least a Year

“Taiwan’s defense minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng, warned Wednesday that China would be able to launch a full-scale attack on Taiwan with minimal losses by 2025.”

Reuters:

Taiwan defence minister pushes new arms spending, says China tensions worst in four decades

“Chiu said China already has the ability to invade Taiwan and it will be capable of mounting a “full scale” invasion by 2025.”

“By 2025, China will bring the cost and attrition to its lowest. It has the capacity now, but it will not start a war easily, having to take many other things into consideration.””

“The United States, Taiwan’s main military supplier, has confirmed its “rock-solid” commitment to Taiwan and also criticised China.”

Unfortunately for us cheerful doomsters it seems like Joe Biden is seeking peace, because Reuters also reported this:

“U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he had spoken to Chinese President Xi Jinping about Taiwan and they agreed to abide by the Taiwan agreement.”

“Biden appeared to be referring to Washington’s long-standing “one-China policy” under which it officially recognises Beijing rather than Taipei, and the Taiwan Relations Act, which makes clear that the U.S. decision to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing instead of Taiwan rests upon the expectation that the future of Taiwan will be determined by peaceful means.”

Peace? Seriously disappointed.

Until the psychos in Washington and Beijing get their bellicose act together you can find joy and comfort watching this:

The Day After (1983 Full, Original – 1:75:1 Aspect Ratio)

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