Would the US Get Involved in a War Between China and Taiwan?
By Wes O’Donnell
Managing Editor, In Military, InCyberDefense and In Space News
„In national security circles, Taiwan (officially the Republic of China) is considered one of many flashpoints that could erupt into a shooting war and not only engulf the Pacific region, but might also threaten to drag in the United States, Australia, Japan, China, India and even possibly North and South Korea.
As recently as last month, the Chinese military escalated its threatening flights around Taiwan by fighter jets and other aircraft, actions believed to be testing Taiwan’s military defense capability.
In addition, on July 10, the U.S. State Department approved Taiwan’s $620 million purchase of upgrades to Patriot III missiles, a move that infuriated the Communist Chinese Party on the mainland.
But why are tensions so high now? And why is mainland China so threatened by this tiny island nation of only 24 million people?“ (…)