The recent disruption of internet connections all over Asia due to the quake highlights, among other things, China’s dependence on Taiwan. The Taipei Times carried an AFP France report from Beijing

Nearly 10,000 Chinese Web site operators have lost the use of their .com Internet addresses due to telecom problems caused by last month’s earthquake near Taiwan, state media reported yesterday.

The quake, which severed major international telecommunications lines, caused thousands of .com domain names held by Chinese users to vanish from world registries, the Beijing Times reported, citing domain registry sources.

Maddog reminded me that the state media presented no evidence that this is actually true. But assuming such disruptions have actually occurred, it does point up one of the many ways that Taiwan could hurt China in the event of war: good-bye internet….look for Beijing to start diversifying its internet connections…