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    Dr. Jack Wheeler, creator of a unique intelligence website dubbed "the oasis for rational conservatives," says the Communist government in Beijing is planning a war with Taiwan as a means to suppress the burgeoning wave of rebellion across China.

    On his website, To the Point, Wheeler points out there were over 60,000 riots, disturbances and public protests throughout China in 2004. "People can see how corrupt the government is while they barely have enough to eat," Wheeler quotes a demonstration leader as saying. "Our society has a short fuse, just waiting for a spark."

    Part of that spark could be caused by the bleak economic outlook that feeds discontent among China's 1.3 billion people.

    "All four of China's main banks (all state owned) have more uncollectable debts than they have assets and loans," writes Wheeler. "The Shanghai Composite, China's largest stock market, has gone nowhere for five years.

    "Foreign companies and investors may be pouring money into China, but Chinese companies and investors are pouring money out of China. Billions in government and private money is in capital flight and invested in 'safe havens' around the world, rather than plowed back into the Chinese economy to insure its continued growth."

    Continues Wheeler: "The Chicoms realize that, as everyone including themselves has lost their belief in communism, their only way to avoid chaos and anarchy is through a frenzied Chinese nationalism. In the past, I have listed a number of possible targets of this nationalism, including Russia's Far East, which Russia stole from China in 1860. Now it is clear that the list is narrowed to one target only: Taiwan.

    "The Taiwanese will be portrayed as Chinese apostates, traitors to the Chinese Motherland. It will be as easy as turning on a switch for Beijing to ramp up a jingoistic fury against them. It's the path of least resistance for the Chicoms."

    Available only to subscribers of To the Point, Wheeler's column quotes from a meeting he recently had with respected dissident Harry Wu, who spent 20 years in a Chinese labor camp.

    "Chinese history is very simple," We explained. "It's one dynasty after another – really the same dynasty over and over again with different people and names. The Communist Dynasty established by Mao is no different. It's those periods between dynasties that scares people, for those are periods of anarchy and chaos. China is heading towards one of these frightful periods now. It is coming soon."

    Subscribe to Wheeler's To the Point intelligence website and find out what the geopolitical expert predicts the U.S. will do in response to the communist threat to Taiwan. Hint: It involves a critical trip to be taken by future Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
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