August 05, 2022

Will the US military intervene in China's military exercises? Experts: in a "delicate balance"

Featuring Jacob Stokes

Source: Deutsche Welle

Journalist William Yang

International concern is whether the situation in the Taiwan Strait may go awry and lead to a crisis, and whether the US military will intervene. Jacob Stokes, an Indo-Pacific security researcher at the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank, believes there is a lot of calculation involved.

Stokes worked on Biden's national security team during his tenure as vice president. In an interview with DW, Stokes said that the 1996 Taiwan Strait crisis was triggered by the visit of former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui to the United States in 1995. At that time, the United States had two aircraft carriers sailing into the Taiwan Strait, but the timing was when the crisis was about to end. "We have to look at the progress of the military exercises in the next three days, and whether China's military exercises will stop on Sunday will be an important question," he said.

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Authors

  • Jacob Stokes

    Senior Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Jacob Stokes is a Senior Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, where his work focuses on U.S.-China relations, Chinese foreign policy, East Asian security affa...