The United States might lose a war against China over Taiwan, and therefore should adopt a “scorched-Earth” plan for Taiwan to destroy its own industries if Beijing attacks, according to analysts writing in a U.S. Army publication.The recommendations appear in the winter issue of Parameters, a quarterly publication from the U.S. Army War College. 
Coauthors Jared McKinney and Peter Harris note that the U.S. military no longer scares Beijing to the degree that it once did.
“In the past, it was clear Beijing had no appetite for starting a war over Taiwan its military could not win,” the authors wrote. “Today, however, a growing number of US-based analysts are skeptical China can be deterred from attempting unification with Taiwan by force. They claim Chinese leaders no longer tremble at the prospect of the United States coming to the defense of Taipei because Beijing’s t …

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