Media Mention: Council President talks about what China invading Taiwan would mean on NTD Wide Angle
Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers on NTD Wide Angle, November 13, 2021. [YouTube Screenshot]
US-Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers appeared on NTD Wide Angle on November 13, 2021. He talked about Taiwan’s value to the United States and the world, and what a Chinese invasion of Taiwan might mean.
“What we’ve seen is a force-modernization commitment and effort over the past 25 years on the part of the Chinese, and as their country has gotten wealthier, they’ve had more resources to invest in a military,” says U.S.–Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers.
He believes that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “one hundred percent serious about invasion” of Taiwan, and that the United States, and the world more broadly, has vested interest in seeing Taiwan being able to continue with “business as usual.”
Taiwan’s production of semiconductor chips—which feature in everything from smartphones to children’s soft toys—provides just one compelling example of this: “Those factories in Taiwan, if China invaded, [would] be turned off. So not only would they not get access to those chips, we wouldn’t either as well.”
Would U.S. (and other) forces arrive in time to stave off a sudden CCP invasion, and how would Taiwan stand on its own in the interim?
Source: NTD Wide Angle