The Biden administration has concluded that China “is flirting with the idea of taking control of Taiwan as President Xi Jinping becomes more willing to take risks to further his legacy,” reports the Financial Times.
Because it is important: An invasion of Taiwan, the autonomous island claimed by Beijing, would force the United States to decide whether to go to war with China to defend an implicit ally.
- The recent conclusion of the Biden administration is based on Chinese behavior over the past two months, a senior US official told the FT.
- After a show of force by Chinese bombers off Taiwan just after President Biden took office, the State Department said: “We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic and economic pressure against Taiwan.”
Admiral John Aquilino, Nominated to lead US forces in the Pacific, he warned the Senate Armed Services Committee this week that the threat to Taiwan “is much closer to us than most think,” CNN reported.
Admiral Philip Davidson, The current head of the US Indo-Pacific Command testified earlier this month that the Chinese military is developing offensive capabilities, making the threat to Taiwan “manifest during this decade, indeed the next six years.”