Columns and Letters

Column: Will China invade Taiwan?

October 20, 2021

-by Gwynne Dyer
    China’s President Xi Jinping promised earlier this month that “The historical task of the complete reunification of the motherland...will definitely be fulfilled.” That was a threat to Taiwan, but a threat without a deadline. However Chinese state media, in the form of the ever-rabid Global Times, warned that war “could be triggered at any time.”
    On Sunday, President Tsai Ing-wen replied that “nobody can force Taiwan to take the path China has laid out for us.” She added that the island country of 23 million people faced a situation “more complex and fluid than at any other point in the past 72 years.” That is, since the Nationalist government of China lost the civil war and retreated to Taiwan in 1949.

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Letter: No phone service in River Denys...perhaps...forever

October 20, 2021

Dear Editor,
    I am writing to you to express a serious concern that may be affecting several communities in Cape Breton. 
    To start, let me say I am an elderly woman and resident of River Denys NS. For the past 12 days or so, I have had no phone service in my area.
    Today, my husband had an appointment with Bell Aliant. Several people from my area, and other communities were there. All had no phone service for the same amount of time as I have.

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