“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 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
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
The situation is quite different if China invades Taiwan or tries to change the status quo in some other shrewd way. Then, the U.S. will have little choice but to intervene. IBTimes
As the war in Ukraine continues, China is escalating the threat of an invasion in Taiwan. The PLA has ramped-up drills. The top brass of the PLA could be reshuffled. A Commander “familiar with battle plans against Taiwan” could be promoted. By Palki Sharma Upadhyay Youtube
U.S. President Joe Biden’s bombshell in Tokyo late last month that America would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against a potential Chinese invasion has sent academics and officials in Taipei scrambling to assess Washington’s position. Nikkei Asia
As defense ministers from around the world fly in to Singapore to attend Asia’s top security conference this weekend, they will be acutely aware that the war in Ukraine has given an added intensity to discussions about Taiwan and a potential invasion by China. Politico
The exchange was the latest in a spiral of martial messaging between the US and China. It was also a reflection of the mounting fears in Washington, Taipei and among US allies that Beijing could try to annex Taiwan in the next few years. Financial Times
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