It’s almost unthinkable – a 21st century war with the world’s fastest growing super-power, China.
And what’s perhaps even more alarming is that some experts believe the countdown to conflict has already started.
As unimaginable as it may seem, President Xi Jinping’s long-stated threat to re-integrate the island nation of Taiwan into China may prove the trigger to war.
A tiny country half the size of Tasmania but with a population equal to Australia, Taiwan would be a prize for China on many fronts.
A mass developer of micro-chips and electronics Taiwan also occupies a critical geographic position – and would give China control of the South China Sea and major shipping routes worth trillions of dollars.
Australia sits between the two superpowers who will largely determine Taiwan’s fate – and the likelihood of war – China and the United States of America. Our long-held and highly valued alliance with the US means Australia could be both a target and frontline in any war with China.
Many believe China’s “Wolf Diplomacy” – including tough export sanctions against Australia – is a precursor to war. As well, China has built infrastructure that could be turned to military use on the seven artificial islands it has created in the South China Sea – a move opposed by Australia, the U.S. and a many Asian countries.
So, what would a war between the world’s newest superpower and the dominant superpower since World War II look like? How would it play out? And how would Australia be impacted if war came to our backyard?
Under Investigation has put together a war table of experts – defense and strategic specialists, as well as “future war planners” to analyze how likely War with China is – and predict its regional and global impact. And to answer the critical question – “who would win”? Where will Australia stand and what will it mean to ordinary Australians?
AT THE WAR TABLE:
- Dr John Lee – a senior advisor to former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and expert on strategic affairs in Asia and the Indo-Pacific.
- Dr David Brophy – a senior lecturer in modern Chinese History at Sydney University and author of the book “China Panic’. He’s concerned our subservience to the U.S. risks Australia being drawn into a catastrophic conflict with the hungry Dragon.
- Jason Yat-Sen Li – president of the Chinese-Australian Forum and human rights lawyer based in Sydney. The son of Hong Kong migrants he is also Chairman of the Vantage group Asia.
- Professor Clinton Fernandes – Former army intelligence officer, national security analyst, and member of the Future Operations Research Group at the University of NSW’s Canberra campus, which studies likely future wars just like this…
- Dr Malcolm Davis – Senior analyst on defence strategy at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and an expert on China’s military capability.
- Madam Annette Lu – the former Vice President of Taiwan calls for stronger ties with China to create a more lasting peace.
- Grant Newsham – former US Marine Colonel and current Research Fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, he warns that the West is underestimating China’s military might.
- David Kilcullen – the Australian military officer and counterinsurgency expert weighs in how conflict with China could play out, including through debilitating attacks on our infrastructure.
- Captain Jim Fanell – warns that the West must be prepared to defend itself from China, or else we risk falling under Xi Jinping’s rule.