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A War in South America 39 Years Ago Is Still Teaching China Lessons About How to Seize Taiwan

by SOFREP News Apr 9, 2021
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A War in South America 39 Years Ago Is Still Teaching China Lessons About How to Seize Taiwan

Early on April 2, 1982, hundreds of Argentine troops landed on the Falkland Islands, known to Argentina as the Islas Malvinas.

The islands were a small British overseas territory some 400 miles east of Argentina and 8,000 miles south of Britain. Despite their small size and sparse population, the islands were the subject of a long-running dispute between Britain and Argentina.

The small British garrison surrendered by the afternoon on April 2, after several intense firefights. It was a badly needed victory for Argentina’s military junta, which hoped to distract from its oppressive governance and other domestic issues.

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British soldiers surrender during the Falklands War, April 1982. Rafael WOLLMANN/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

The junta believed that Britain, facing its own domestic problems, wouldn’t put up a fight from so far away.

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