China’s been pushing the limit in Taiwan as they continue their military exercises in Taiwan’s airspace over the past several months. With the U.S., Canada, and more boycotting the 2022 Olympic games that are taking place in Beijing, China, tensions are growing around the world.
While on CNN’s Newsroom, Rep. Colin Allred (D-TX) said that after meeting with the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen, Taiwan is preparing for a full invasion. Allred said that Taiwan has to push its air force to the limits in response to China pushing the boundaries. Allred said that “China is trying to wear down the people of Taiwan” with other tactics and that the Taiwan people are needed and requesting assistance from the United States. Allred said that the “people of Taiwan seem very strong” nonetheless.
Likely, China won’t invade Taiwan until after the Olympics, which are expected to start in February 2022. But Taiwan still needs more defense assets if they’re going to fight off the Chinese successfully. Xi Jinping is playing it safe while Biden is in office because of how weak the leadership has been and how many military mishaps Biden has already had. Not only did Biden allow 13 service members to lose their life when warnings of a suicide bomber were looming, but Biden’s Administration decided to abandon Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, which led thousands of prisoners to be released and a less strategic Kabul, Afghanistan airport exit point.
Jinping knows that economically, the U.S. will be a considerable asset to lose, and the fact that Biden hasn’t stopped imports from China already means that he doesn’t intend to any time soon. You have to ask yourself what former President Donald Trump would do in this situation.
Ultimately, Allred thinks that economics is the best way to thwart a conflict in Taiwan. The U.S. doesn’t want a war, and neither does Taiwan.