Washington (CNN)The Biden administration is grappling with how to respond to China’s ramped-up aggression against Taiwan without accidentally starting a war, as bipartisan lawmakers pressure the President to get tougher on Beijing — and fast.
Internally, assessments differ over how imminent the threat to Taiwan really is. The Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific Command has watched with increasing concern as China has rapidly modernized its military and improved its training with an eye to Taiwan, sources say. But State Department officials are wary of taking a more aggressive approach, and intelligence officials have seen little evidence that China is preparing to invade.
Tensions have risen sharply in the region recently, however, and administration officials were caught off guard when China’s air force dramatically ramped up its incursions into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone earlier this month.
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WNU Editor: The Biden administration may be unsure on how to respond to China’s ramped-up aggression against Taiwan, but China is not. I expect China to continue to escalate their aggressive posture against Taiwan in the coming months, and when the Beijing Winter Olympics are over at the end of February 2022, they will then start conducting operations that will compel Taiwan to respond by threatening to use deadly force.