China is just flexing its muscles, experts say

Days after Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Representatives, visited Taiwan, Beijing, which asserts its authority, deployed fighter jets, warships and even fired live missiles during the its largest military exercise in the Taiwan Strait.

According to reports from ReutersTaiwan said 22 Chinese fighter jets crossed the median line while Japan said five missiles landed in its exclusive economic zone (EZZ)

While sanctioning Pelosi, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said she had interfered in their internal affairs and undermined their sovereignty and territorial integrity. However, they did not elaborate on the implications of the sanctions.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement: “The Ministry of National Defense stresses that it will adhere to the principle of preparing for war without seeking war, and with an attitude of not escalating conflict and cause disputes”.

If there is a threat to Taiwan’s integrity, they will be ready to challenge a “flexible” China, said Ashok Sajjanhar, a former diplomat.

According to him, Beijing wants to send a message to national and international voters, but any attempt to impose an economic sanction will hurt both parties.

On the other hand, the United States summoned the Chinese ambassador to the White House to condemn the military exercises, reported The Washington Post.

Satoru Nagao, a fellow (non-resident) of the Hudson Institute said that this visit was the result of miscalibration on the part of China and the United States. He thinks Taiwan will get more support from the United States, and besides, there is a strong chance of Japan-US-Taiwan collaboration in this case.

Sending missiles into a country’s EEZ indicates that Beijing does not care about its neighbors, noted Jabin Jacob, an associate professor at Shiv Nadar University. While pointing out the Chinese approach of denying the agency to countries like Taiwan, India, he added that the approach to China should be changed accordingly and the value of the negotiations should be seen in terms of the amount nothing.

As the fog of war sets in, journalist James Dorsey has ruled out the possibility of military conflict between the United States and China, but says economic sanctions are a possibility. “Neither the United States nor China want a military confrontation. Certainly not at this point,” Jorsey said. All of this is happening against the backdrop of a much stronger and tougher rivalry between the great powers and a hardening of attitude towards each other not only by officials but also by the public, he said. he declares.

First post: STI

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