Tensions in the South China Sea have risen over Beijing’s aggressive stance on US ally Taiwan – which China still believes is its territory and wants to annex
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China “is clearly considering invading another country,” claims one expert, amid growing fears Beijing could launch an invasion of Taiwan.
Expert Gordon Chang has warned China’s attitude towards the island nation – which is closely allied with the US – is “getting ominous”.
The columnist and political scientist said the actions of senior Chinese Communist Party figures may indicate an attack is being planned.
Chinese officials have been trying to shield themselves from US sanctions, which Mr Chang says portend an imminent invasion.
Mr Chang told Fox Business: “This becomes ominous because the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that China is trying to impose sanctions on its top officials.
“Now they wouldn’t do that unless they thought they were going to do something we would sanction them on, like invading Taiwan or some other nation.
“So the Chinese military is constantly trying to improve to better prepare.
“Obviously they’re thinking about penetrating someone.”
President Joe Biden earlier today said he was ready to use force to defend Taiwan, capping a series of comments critical of China in Asia that an adviser said represented no change in US policy towards the self-governing island.
Biden’s remarks, made during his first visit to Japan since taking office and as Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida looked on, appeared to be a departure from existing US policy of so-called strategic ambiguity towards Taiwan.
China considers the democratic island its territory as part of its “One China” policy and says it is the most sensitive and important issue in its relationship with Washington.
When a reporter asked Biden during a joint press conference with the Japanese leader whether the United States would defend Taiwan in the event of an attack, the president replied, “Yes.”
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“That’s the commitment we made,” he said.
“We agree to a one China policy. We signed them and made all the intended arrangements. But the idea that it can be taken by force, only by force, is just not fair.”
Biden added it was his expectation that such an event would not happen or be attempted.
A White House official later said there was no change in policy toward Taiwan. China expressed its “strong dissatisfaction with and strong opposition to the comments,” a foreign ministry spokesman said.
Taiwan’s foreign ministry thanked Biden for his support. Biden’s national security advisers shifted in their seats and appeared to study Biden closely as he responded to the question about Taiwan. Several looked down as he did what appeared
be a clear commitment to Taiwan’s defense.
Biden made similar comments on Taiwan’s defense in October. At the time, a White House spokesman said Biden was not announcing a change in US policy, and one analyst called the comment a “blip.”
Despite the White House’s insistence that Monday’s comments do not represent a change in US policy, Grant Newsham, a retired US Marine Corps colonel and now a research fellow at the Japan Forum for Strategic Studies, said the meaning was clear.
“That statement deserves to be taken seriously,” Newsham said. “It is a clear statement that the US will not sit
when China attacks Taiwan.”
While Washington is required by law to provide Taiwan with means of self-defense, it has long pursued a policy of self-defense
“strategic ambiguity” over whether it would intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un gave up a freeze on ICBM tests and appears poised to resume nuclear bomb testing, helping to escalate regional tensions.
The United States also pledged to use “strategic means” – which typically include long-range bombers, missile submarines or aircraft carriers – if necessary to deter North Korea.
Meanwhile, Beijing conducted military drills in the South China Sea to coincide with President Biden’s five-day trip to Asia.
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