On the other hand China is overreacting here.
Most countries including countries in the west have accepted a one China policy all this time, even Taiwan has accepted that and not asked for or demanded independence from mainland China... after watching western behaviour around the world including in Europe, I would say China is being very reserved considering their considerable naval build up... what are all these ships for?
And the difference between Ukraine and Taiwan is that the US has not made any military promises in Ukraine but they have said over and over that they will military help Taiwan if China attacks them.
Perhaps you have not been paying attention but the US and the EU have been promising them HATO membership and membership to the EU for quite some time and also promising money and weapons and equipment and pretty much everything short of actual troops on the ground and if you look at what is happening there with various western special forces members being caught and some pretty high up officials being captured in some places allegedly they have been offering direct help too.
Some claims they are manning some of their new bits of equipment they are supplying because the Orcs are not managing western uber gear and are ruining its reputation as super weapons...
And the reactions of those America sees as its enemies are in fact entirely predictable; they will act to break out of the trap set for them or turn the tables.
With those attempts at containment offered as proof of Russian or Chinese or Iranian or North Korean or whomevers aggression and why they need to be contained.
Funny... put someone in solitary confinement for life for a murder they did not commit and when they kill someone breaking out of captivity that is used to prove they are killers and should be locked up...
The arse about world of the US.
If China bombed a runway or something symbolic would the US still do this ?
If China bombed anything would the US be able to back down?
They are as much trapped in this stupid games as their victims... sometimes...
US DEFENCE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN KIRBY: US OFFICIALS MADE CLEAR TO CHINA'S AMBASSADOR THAT THE US IS PREPARED FOR WHAT BEIJING CHOOSES TO DO.
The way they were prepared for 11/9 or their exit from Kabul or Covid... saying you are prepared for something someone else hasn't done yet and perhaps hasn't even decided what to do yet is just ignorant...
White House National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby announced on Aug. 4 that US military "will conduct standard air and maritime transits through the Taiwan Strait in the next few weeks".
So China should close the straits just before for training and testing anti shipping mines... so if they go ahead anyway... well if you lose a ship that is your problem...
Looks more like China was searching for any reason to make all this happen. They are testing thier new limits as wannabe superpower.
They are as likely to want to give up Taiwan as the US is to give up Hawaii or Alaska... learning to stand up to the bully is an important step for China...
Doubt the US will change anything because of this, even with Chinas build up the last years the US is still the big dog in the Pacific.
Everyone keeps saying that, but they are also a fragile paper tiger that is not ready to lose a lot of sailors to help Taiwan break away from China... or are they?
Apple is asking all its suppliers to follow the regulation.
Without a US government directive not to do this the majority of western companies will comply because they have too much invested in China and the Chinese market to get on their bad side.