Good post! I had a question though: with the violent crackdowns on HK and the complete stripping of democratic rights there (and thus complete breach of the treaty with the UK) as well as myriad petty clashes over perceived slights to their sovereignty and territorial integrity (throwing a shitfit about a shirt list Macau as a nation for example), it seems like Xi is hyperfixated on making sure there is no perceived alternative to his method of rule. Wouldn’t that create pressure to attack Taiwan, since they are a highly visible democratic alternative?

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