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05/15/2022 Source:  The Washington Times
Author: Tiffany Meier 1 min read

First Taiwan, then the U.S.? Why Americans should care about the island’s freedom

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Illustration on the plight of Taiwan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times
Illustration on the plight of Taiwan by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

OPINION:

Will Americans be embroiled in another war? With the Russian war on Ukraine, many experts are now predicting Taiwan is doomed to fall to the Chinese Communist Party.

But it’s not that simple.

Bradley Thayer, Founding Member of the Committee on Present Danger: China told me, “Taiwan is in some respects a linchpin, economic linchpin, militarily it is a linchpin, and in the ideological struggle against the Chinese regime, it is as well.”

Let’s look at those three areas.

On the economic front, Taiwan produces nearly 90% of the world’s high-end semiconductors, also known as microchips.

These chips are found in everything from phones, cars, computers, AC units, even military gear like fighter jets. If Taiwan were to fall to China, there would be a massive disruption across the supply chain. Even without a war, there already is.

I spoke with Keith Krach, former undersecretary of state, who said semiconductors are “literally the base of everything. It’s the most important industry in the world.”

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