McCaul: Odds of conflict ‘very high’ | Lauren Sforza, The Hill

“We have to be prepared for this — and it could happen I think as long as Biden is in office projecting weakness as he did with Afghanistan that led to Putin invading Ukraine — that the odds are very high we could see a conflict with China and Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific,” McCaul told Shannon Bream on “Fox News Sunday.” The Hill

China warns Taiwan independence would trigger war

China has warned the US that any attempt to make Taiwan independent from China will trigger military action by Beijing’s forces.

Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe met his US counterpart Lloyd Austin on the sidelines of an Asian security summit in Singapore.

Splitting Taiwan from China would leave the Chinese military with no choice but to “fight at any cost”, Mr Wei said. BBC

China will ‘not hesitate to start war’ over Taiwan, Beijing tells US

The Chinese minister vowed that Beijing would “smash to smithereens any ‘Taiwan independence’ plot and resolutely uphold the unification of the motherland”, according to the Chinese defence ministry.

He “stressed that Taiwan is China’s Taiwan… Using Taiwan to contain China will never prevail”, the ministry said. AFP/MSN

‘Top Gun’ China Snub Helps ‘Maverick’ Movie Take Off in Taiwan

Top Gun: Maverick, the long-awaited sequel to Tom Cruise’s 1986 classic film, may be grounded in China, but it’s taking off in Taiwan amid an atmosphere of increased animosity between the Taiwan Strait neighbors. Among 12 markets in the Asia-Pacific, Taiwan’s $7.6 million in ticket sales make it the movie’s third-most successful in the region so far MSN