Taiwan is being increasingly pushed into a corner. It is simply not imaginable that China will celebrate her centenary year of founding in 2049, by when she wants to attain the superpower status, with the blemish of ‘unfinished agenda’ of Taiwan and elsewhere. Even the blind should see this coming – that China’s investment in rapid modernization of its military is not for nothing. Belligerence and hegemony will be the rule rather than the exception. Let no one say that they were not informed – Taiwan is the first on the hit list. Historical baggage apart, the favorable trade situation and the economic potential of a thriving Taiwan is reason enough for China to engulf it.
However, there is a catch in China’s (mis)calculations. For all the growing noises it is making, and the investments it is pouring, China seems to forget that the ‘man’ is the most important component of the man-machine-mission triad. It forgets real men win the battles, not machines. China does not listen to others, but at the very least it should listen to their very own patron saint of communism, Karl Marx who had rightly observed that history repeats itself, first as tragedy and second as farce. It appears to have forgotten in a hurry that more than 4,000 Chinese soldiers were killed in Saigon and its vicinity in the Sino-Vietnam war. A few weeks ago, the unsuspecting Indian troops in Galwan exposed the true-worth of the pre-mediated advances of the chocolate soldiers, wherein the hunter (PLA troops) became the hunted.