Richard Gere on the WSJ
asks Don’t Abandon Tibet: Why Europe must not lift the arms embargo on China:
All the more so since China enacted an anti-secession law providing it with the legal authority to attack Taiwan should it proceed further toward self-rule. The timing of this legislation contains a lesson for the EU. It was unthinkable until now because China lacked the capability to launch an invasion across the 100 miles of the Taiwan Strait. However, Beijing has invested billions of dollars in Russian-made submarines, destroyers and other weapons. Therefore, lifting the embargo could accelerate Beijing’s buying spree and enable even greater Chinese aggression.
Gere is right.
Paul Johnson has argued that the larger European economies, France and Germany, are unable to generate revenues because of their socialist agendas, and must rely on deals with states like Iran and China for revenues. Let’s hope their leaders realize what’s at stake, before it’s too late. So far, that hasn’t happened. In fact, the Guardian this morning writes, Writing is on the wall for wary Taiwan