The U.S. military is worried that an attack against Taiwan by China is approaching, which might trigger an explosive situation between the two nations.
U.S. officials are saying that China’s leadership is stepping up their timetable for invading and seizing the island after years of increasing tensions, The AP reported.
“We see signs that the security risks are increasing,” Admiral Philip Davidson said to a Senate panel recently.
Because of the heightened tensions, the USS McCain went to the region on Wednesday, as China tried to agitate Taiwan with flyovers.
This comes after tense discussions between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Chinese counterparts, in which China said America was “slaughtering” black people and they have no freedom to talk about the Uyghur situation.
Admiral John Aquilino also warned Washington that a “potential” attack against Taiwan was among the “top concern” and was “sooner” than most people thought.
Joseph Wu, the foreign minister of Taiwan, said that while the circumstances were not “especially alarming,” China had been holding “real-combat-like” drills that were meant to disturb the island, the AP reported.
“We will defend ourselves, that is without question,” Wu said, according to The AP. He went on to say that Taiwan would fight “until the very end.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese President ordered his military to “be ready” back in March, citing an increase in instability and mounting concerns over numerous security problems. It was not made clear if the Taiwan issue was among these concerns.
Author: Steven Sinclaire