Tensions ON Taiwan: Beijing has eased its intimidation actions after sending a record number of military planes to harass Taiwan on China’s National Day, but tensions still haven’t subsided and China’s calls for justifying these military exercises The effort and rhetoric continues. Experts agree that there is no possibility of a direct conflict at this time, but the situation regarding the future of self-governing Taiwan can become dangerous at any time. He says that any single accident or miscalculation can lead to conflict at a time when Chinese and American ambitions are at odds with each other.
China wants to regain control of the strategically and symbolically important island, and the US sees Taiwan’s case in the context of growing challenges from China. British defense analyst Henry Boyd at the ‘International Institute for Strategic Studies’ said that the concept of power rivalry with China from America’s point of view is adding to this fear.
“The need to stand up to China is enough to inspire in this context, and not engaging in this conflict would be seen as a betrayal of US national interests,” he said.
Taiwan considers itself a sovereign nation
Taiwan considers itself a sovereign nation but China claims it as its own. Capturing the island is part of Beijing’s political and military thinking. Chinese President Xi Jinping has strongly advocated reunification of Taiwan and China, saying last week that the “Taiwan issue” would be resolved and that “peaceful integration” was in the interests of both sides.
The situation of confrontation between China and America arose in 1996. China, angered by growing US support for Taiwan, had demonstrated military prowess, including missile launches in waters about 30 kilometers off the coast of Taiwan. In response, the US sent two aircraft carriers to the area. At that time China did not have enough means to threaten aircraft carriers and American ships, so it withdrew.
After this China started strengthening its army and after 25 years it has developed missile protection system, which can counter-attack and has also made its own aircraft carriers.
US Navy Secretary Carlos del Toro last week called China the “biggest” long-term challenge in the new strategic guidance policy. China sent a record 149 military aircraft to the southwest of Taiwan on the occasion of its National Day, about which the US expressed deep concern.
A Chinese official had said military exercises and warplane missions near Taiwan were necessary to protect the nation’s autonomy and the region. This has raised concerns in the area. Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen vowed to protect the island from rising Chinese pressure after an unexpected tussle with Beijing.
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