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By: Ian Easton | THE DIPLOMAT |

It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario. China orchestrates a masterful strategic deception, and catches the Republic of China government (Taiwan) with its guard down. The ROC government and military are astonished and overwhelmed. They collapse under the strain. Within days, the island’s surviving officials are in PLA custody, and a red flag with five gold stars is flying over the Presidential Office in Taipei. What would a flash invasion look like? How realistic is such a scenario, and what could the United States do to help Taiwan defend against it? … The plan relied on stealth. …

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