This week, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen met with U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Southern California. It’s the second time in less than a year that Taiwan’s leader has sat down with a speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives—and it’s the second time Beijing is saber-rattling and threatening significant retaliation.
The most important U.S. policy goal must be to deter Beijing from making such a costly choice.
Tensions in Asia are nearing a high point. Across Washington, there is a sense that, left unchecked, Beijing is likely to try to seize Taiwan by force. There’s much debate about Chinese President Xi Jinping’s precise timeline as well as what domestic and foreign factors might shorten or extend it. What is clear, however, is that we are now entering a critical phase in efforts to deter Chinese military aggression in the Indo-Pacific.
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