The Equation: What would a Taiwan war look like?

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    A full-blown conflict over Taiwan could make living through the COVID-19 pandemic seem like a cakewalk. It would very likely be the most devastating war in history, drawing the world's major powers into their first nuclear exchange. Hundreds of millions could perish, both from the fighting itself and from the sickening after-effects of radiation. Even a limited nuclear conflict would be an environmental nightmare, with soot from incinerated cities shutting out the sun's rays, depleting food supplies and plunging the planet into a prolonged famine. Life for Australians would be forever changed. Such a catastrophe looms closer than we think. If it eventuates, those left behind after Asia's atomic mushroom clouds have settled will wish that we had fought with every fibre of our being to prevent it.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)46-65
    JournalAustralian Foreign Affairs
    Publication statusPublished - 2022

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