Mass blackouts affecting 5million homes hit parts of Taiwan after a power plant ‘incident’ as Mike Pompeo arrives in Taipei to warn the island must not suffer Ukraine’s fate

…The presidential office has ordered an investigation into the blackout, while a cabinet spokesperson said authorities could not rule out the possibility of the plant being hacked.   

The mass blackouts came as former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the island’s president Tsai Ing-wen to warn that Taiwan must not be allowed to suffer the same fate as Ukraine following Russia‘s barbaric invasion of the country.

Self-governed Taiwan’s 23 million people live under the constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, which views the island as its territory and has vowed to one day seize it, by force if necessary.   

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The situation in Taiwan is not the same as Ukraine but it is similar in important ways. Both regions share deep historical roots with their Big Brother (Russia or China); both threaten the safety of their Big Brother (BB); both have been told time and again and openly by their BB that they will be invaded if they cross some line; both rely on USA which may or may not help either; and both hold important strategic positions, one on the Black Sea and the other on the South China Sea.

Taiwan has never been closer to a takeover by China than it is today. As a leader, Xi has much to gain domestically by successfully seizing Taiwan and something to lose if he passes up this opportunity or much to lose if he tries and fails. Biden is weak and does not seem to understand either Ukraine or Taiwan. I doubt USA will do much to help Taiwan. I wonder how this will play out for Japan; if they help Taiwan as promised, China will never forgive them. If they do nothing, they know they may be next. ABN

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