posted ago by Death_Metal_Patriot ago by Death_Metal_Patriot +378 / -0

Hey everyone,

Here is the article: https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/chinas-economy-suddenly-disintegrates-land-sales-crater-90

He summed things up nicely at the end: "Bottom line: Beijing is facing an economy whose wheels have suddenly come off, and unless China's political elite is willing to unleash another massive monetary and fiscal tsunami and bail out the economy all over again - something Beijing has repeatedly vowed it won't do this time - a hard landing, whether or not accompanied by a Volcker Moment, is virtually guaranteed."

I'm sure all the pedes here will have much to discuss about this.

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redlotus69 14 points ago +14 / -0

A communist country in collapse is a dangerous one.

They have nothing left to lose and I can see them going full steam ahead at Taiwan in search of their precious resources.

I do not think they will win but I think the timing of this and the military drills with several countries are not a coincidence.

Judicator 4 points ago +4 / -0

I've been looking at the numbers and so on pretty closely. Taiwan could defend solo against them for ages, probably, which would be effectively a loss for china because of the morale blow that would deal.

Taiwan is an incredibly hardened target. The entire nation is like a bunker.

On the other hand, Japan and South Korea are well armed but larger and softer targets. In the assumption that they both would come to Taiwan's aid anyway, I actually think a Chinese first strike would occur against Japan or South Korea. If they could act quickly enough and seize either nation, their chances of victory go up immensely overall. Should they seize Japan, they could push South Korea from almost all sides and perform a slow starving of Taiwan.

Plebbitimmigrant 1 point ago +1 / -0

Taiwan is an incredibly hardened target. The entire nation is like a bunker.

That’s an understatement. Taiwan’s sitting on enough Anti-Ship and Anti-Air Missiles to make an Artificial reef out of Chinese assets.

Not to mention decades of building new fortifications, renovating existing WW2 era fortifications, and planning for an Assault by China.

So China would need to wade through a hail of missiles to make the first truly opposed beach landing in decades. Then slog inland through yet more fortifications, strongpoints and defensive lines.

That’s just Taiwan. If other nations get involved on Taiwan’s side. It becomes even more difficult to assail.

Judicator 1 point ago +1 / -0

Exactly, didn't want to get into it too much but yeah. I've heard other stuff like how there are dedicated oil lines running under all of the 13 assailable beachheads that can be ruptured to ignite the beaches on command.

Also the planning of placing chemical facilities near each beachhead so that toxic chemicals can be spewed onto and near the beaches in the event of an assault.

Every foot of that island is designed to resist an invasion force from China. I think the only power in the world that could take it by force would be the US, and that would only be done by sheer volume of firepower and aircraft; a volume that remains pretty thoroughly unrivaled by every nation on the planet.