The residents' accounts of the incident appear credible. If they're accurate, the incursion represented a significant escalation, the first time in more than four decades that China flew into Taiwan's territorial airspace without permission. Deterrence of China in any event is breaking down. Beijing is not honoring, among other things, its heavily promoted "Olympic Truce."
How can America maintain stability in Asia with China's increasingly provocative behavior? Obviously conventional strategies are not working, and ideas once considered extreme look increasingly attractive. After three decades of deeply misguided policies, Washington now has no risk-free options.