mandag 20. mai 2024

Why China remains unlikely to invade Taiwan

The United States, and Washington DC in particular, is awash with expectations of waragainst China in the near future, most likely caused by a Chinese decision to forcibly annex Taiwan. Plenty of Americans — including senior military officers, academics, and politicians — think Chinese leader Xi Jinping sees war as the best option. Those making this argument typically say Xi is tired of waiting for unification to happen peacefully, sees a military window of opportunity, or has set a deadline for finishing the job. Some think China’s recent economic problems create an incentive for Beijing to launch a diversionary Taiwan war.