Last week we discussed China’s brand new white paper on National Defence. Now, amid their mounting economic quarrel, the US is expressing its concern over China’s aggressive military expansion. War simulations show that if a conflict were to erupt, China has the capability to triumph. And even though outright warfare seems unlikely, the country has clearly stated that it won’t hesitate to use force over Taiwan if the island declares independence. With Taiwan a close US ally, tension continues to rise as Washington ups its naval activity across the Taiwan Strait.
Why does this matter? China’s intent remains unclear to the US. Most of the 2020 Presidential candidates agree that China is a major national threat. How a bipartisan demonization of China plays out is yet to be seen – war simulations can only go so far.
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