Fears of World War III have been looming for some time now, as China, Russia, and the rest of the authoritarian regimes of the world continue to behave belligerently on the global stage.
The latest act of unfettered nonsense comes to us from China, who still refuse to accept the fact the Taiwan is an independently-governed nation. Beijing is so adamant, in fact, that a recent visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has brought with it a number of threats against the United States, as well as sanctions against Pelosi herself.
In addition, China has begun conducting massive military drills in the region, and sending ballistic missiles flying over the heads of the Taiwanese people.
The US State Department had a stern rebuke for Beijing this week.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Friday that China’s military exercises aimed at Taiwan, including missiles fired into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, represent a “significant escalation” and that he has urged Beijing to back down.Trending:
China launched the drills following a visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan that infuriated Beijing, which claims the self-governed island as its own territory.
Blinken told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cambodia, however, that Pelosi’s visit was peaceful and did not represent a change in American policy toward Taiwan, accusing China of using it as a “pretext to increase provocative military activity in and around the Taiwan Strait.”
“I reiterated the points that we made publicly as well as directly to Chinese counterparts in recent days, again, about the fact that they should not use the visit as a pretext for war, escalation, for provocative actions, that there is no possible justification for what they’ve done and urge them to cease these actions,” he said.
President Joe Biden had previously suggested that the US would militarily defend Taiwan if need be – a statement walked back by a White House who seemed to fear retaliation for the President essentially nullifying America’s adherence to the “One China” policy.