Will China Invade Hong Kong? Or Taiwan Instead?

Xi Jinpings choices on would not be out of character for Xi. For many, an invasion of Taiwan or some other belligerent act seems inconceivable, but the events of the last few weeks have been nothing short of extraordinary. Unfortunately, anything can happen now. Beijing made headlines on Wednesday when Wu Qian, a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman, demonstrations started over an extradition bill, sponsored by Hong Kongs Chief Executive Carrie Lam. The bill would permit fugitives to be sent to, among other jurisdictions, mainland China. Last weekend, the number of demonstrators was significantly less than in June but the nature of the disturbances was of far greater concern for Beijing. The seventh straight weekend of protests saw young demonstrators thought …