REPORT: Experts warn why China really wants Taiwan

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China has more than just historical claims behind its ambitions to take Taiwan, specifically greater industrial production capabilities available on the island as well as an operational foothold in the area that could break up U.S. influence in the region, according to defense and intelligence experts.

“We’re talking about a place that manufactures chips, which make the entire world economy move, and … we are way behind when it comes to manufacturing those chips here in the United States,” Ilan Fuchs, adjunct professor at American Public University System, told Fox News Digital. “The current administration is trying to catch up, but it’s going to take years and years and years to do.”

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regularly touts its historical claim to Taiwan, looking to re-integrate the island through diplomatic means and, potentially, military action, if necessary. Party officials last summer issued a policy document on Taiwan that outlined a “one country, two systems” approach similar to that of Hong Kong and Macau, which have “special administrative region” status.

But Hong Kong has watched that status lose its value after the CCP introduced a restrictive security law to punish citizens found guilty of secession, subversion or “terrorism.” Critics labeled the security law as an effort to restrict opposition within the regions. Military action appears likely if Beijing seeks to takeover Taiwan. Experts have made it clear that Taiwan offers significant advantages economically and strategically under China’s reign.

Brent Sadler, senior research fellow in naval warfare and advanced technology at the Center for National Defense, said: “If the Chinese can then turn Taiwan into a base of operations, they have direct access to the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean… Most of the East China Sea is pretty shallow… That has a problem when you get into submarine and anti-submarine warfare, it’s a lot more conducive to submarines in the Pacific… So, if you’re trying to break out of the first island chain, Taiwan is one way of doing that.”

Sadler iterated the belief that if China can “break Taiwan, it can break” all the U.S. security alliances that are perceived to be threatening.

Honduras announced this week that they will only recognize China as a nation, not Taiwan. They have officially cut off ties with the Latin American country.

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