Tensions between the US and China over Taiwan have steadily grown after the PRC’s air forces
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has announced that the flights conducted by China’s air forces into Taiwan’s air zone look like “rehearsals”.
“I don’t want to speculate, but certainly, it looks like exploring what their true capabilities are, and sure, it looks like rehearsal.”
The judgment of the Pentagon chief was presented during the National Defense Forum held at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California on Saturday.
However, Austin added that he did not actually expect China to hold potential operations against the island on whom it is trying to impose the “One country, two systems” policy similar to that of Hong Kong.
Austin has highlighted that the US was ready to support Taiwan’s capacity to defend itself but remained committed to the “One China” official policy. The US was not looking for a conflict, he added.
The Defense Secretary also mentioned challenges posed by China as it is the only country in the world capable of using its economic, diplomatic, military, and technological powers to destabilize the transparent international system. To oppose them, the US was establishing ties with other Indo-Pacific countries specifically in the
Earlier Chinese leader Xi Jinping has
Austin’s speech appears several days before the "Summit for Democracy" organized by US President Joe Biden. The head of state invited Taiwan at the same time