August 1, 2014

Taiwan`s explosions, China`s fingerprints?

Photo via ABC7Chicago.com
A series of gas explosions in Taiwan has to make you ask yourself about Chinese involvement.  China has been beefing up it`s military, it`s espionage abilities, and it certainly is interested in repatriating Taiwan with China, even though the Taiwanese don`t feel that way.  There`s means, motive and quite likely opportunity as well, as some of the details of the explosion would indicate:
Heavy machinery pulled vehicles from huge trenches gouged by explosions along an underground pipeline in Taiwan's second-largest city that killed at least 25 people and injured 267.

The series of five explosions from about midnight Thursday to early Friday struck a densely populated industrial district in the port of Kaohsiung where petrochemical companies operate pipelines alongside the sewer system under city streets. The cause of the disaster was being investigated...

The explosions were believed caused by leaking propene, a petrochemical material not intended for public use, said Chang Jia-juch, director of the Central Disaster Emergency Operation Center. Chang said the cause and location of the leaks were unknown.
The story includes the following details - it`s a port city where the explosions occurred. The explosions commenced at night. The pipeline is operated by the government, and the result has been that many in the city are now without power.

None of that directly implicates Chinese involvement. And I`m not suggesting that, just raising the possibility. But with China becoming more internationally aggressive, this could certainly be a test of their ability. And if they get caught, so what? It's not like president Obama hasn't backed down from conflict with China before.

China has truly expansionist dreams for the first time in perhaps several millennium.  That does not men they are behind these explosions.  At all.  But it's not all that far-fetched either.
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