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The argument for @USCG forward deployment in the #SouthChinaSea is a very strong one. #China’s PLA Navy (PLAN) is growing by leaps & bounds over the @USNavy, which was gutted by the sequester & is stymied by slow procurement/construction. Moreover, @AndrewSErickson‘s laid out,…
… in a meticulous way, the strength of #China’s “Maritime Militia” — a grayzone force that augments the PLAN’s capabilities & applies low-level pressure to reinforce #Beijing’s illegitimate maritime claims. The US #CoastGuard could/should serve as a guarantor of free commerce…
… & freedom of navigation in the #SouthChinaSea. Increased US presence in the #SCS will bolster US diplomatic efforts to reassure allies that we remain fully engaged in the region, committed to supporting the rights of free peoples throughout the #INDOPACIFIC.
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1/ The President of the United States is systematically dismantling all the institutions we built after WWII to maintain the world order we created.

2/ #NATO, the UN, the WTO, the IMF, World Bank, and our trade agreements are mechanisms for us to have a say in what other countries do. They are tools of our power but they come at a cost.

We cannot just do whatever we want without consulting others and in some cases it costs $
3/ Our modern #empire is dependent upon the US Dollar and US military power. First let's talk about the $USD.

By FAR our most powerful tool, it is based on our political and economic stability. While even DJT can't destroy our economy, he is straining our political stability.
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#China will attempt a forceful unification with #Taiwan by 2021, the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party. Xi's grand dream of national rejuvenation entails unifying all that #CCP considers Chinese lands, especially Taiwan.

This THREAD looks at this potential scenario.
The legitimacy of the #CCP regime under Xi is based on the twin pillars of economic growth and nationalism. For the party-state, unifying the mainland and Taiwan is critical to its aspirations of national rejuvenation and erasure of national humiliation.
Why would PRC force a unification as early as 2021? 1) 2021 is the centenary of the #CCP; anniversaries and dates have massive symbolic importance in China's political culture. 2) Xi wants unification to be part of his legacy. This is the only way that he can outshine #Mao.
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