The United States must prepare for war with China if Beijing decides to take Taiwan. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense Elbridge Colby said this in an interview with The New Yorker.
According to Colby, the prospects of a U.S.-Chinese war over Taiwan are becoming increasingly apparent as China builds up its military strength in the region. With the withdrawal from Afghanistan and the defeat of the government in Kabul at the hands of the Taliban, the U.S. will not be able to ignore, he said, threats to Taiwanese sovereignty.
Colby noted that China has a powerful naval force, as well as long-range missiles that together exceed U.S. military capabilities. The former official assures that if Taiwan's allies are defeated, Washington will have to recognize Chinese dominance in the Far East. At the same time, in his view, the Pentagon has a вЂњterribleвЂќ perspective in a potential war.
On August 18, it became known that the People's Liberation Army of China (PLA) had conducted exercises for an attack on Taiwan. According to a PLA spokesman, the exercises were a response to provocations by the U.S. Navy in the Taiwan Strait. It was also intended to prevent foreign encroachment on Chinese sovereignty.