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How The Philippines makes the Invasion of Taiwan so difficult: The Bashi Channel

Published on 05/07/23 / In News

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The Philippines occupies a strategic position in the Pacific Ocean, as it sits close to Taiwan and its main bottlenecks. In particular the Philippines controls the southern end of the Bashi channel, which puts the Philippines in a position to make a Chinese invasion of Taiwan much more difficult. This chokepoint is one of China's main strategic weakness, especially in view of of the possible confrontation with the US. For this reason the Philippines, which now host new US bases, are in a position to halt an invasion of Taiwan. In this video we will analyze US and China's reliance on this strait and we will try to answer two major questions. Why is the Bashi Channel so important in the scenario of an invasion of Taiwan? How does this influence a possible US - China conflict?

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Australia's Maritime Strategy: https://youtu.be/RhN9C4yPALI
The Strategic Importance of Afghanistan: https://youtu.be/k1j_B6PiPjU
The Malacca Dilemma: https://youtu.be/PJReTyTbbZ4

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Table of content:

00:00 3 Reasons of the Bashi channel's importance
01:46 Taiwan's 3 main chokepoints
03:02 Taiwan Invasion supply lines
05:22 The Bashi Channel in the US-China confrontation
07:19 US perspective on the Philippines in the scenario of an invasion of Taiwan
10:00 US perspective on the Philippines in the scenario of an invasion of Taiwan
13:00 The Bashi channel and the submarine cables network
14:29 Conclusion


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