Date: 26 September 2020
By: Tauren Dyson
The risk of war is rising between China and the United States a week after 18 Chinese warplanesflew across the midline of the Taiwan Strait while a U.S. high-level envoy was present, according to Admiral James Stavridis writing for Nikkei Asian Review.
In addition, a video has emerged showing Chinese long-range bombers performing a dry run on a runway designed similarly to the one at the U.S. Anderson Air Force Base on Guam.
"Discard any illusions and prepare to fight," a spokesman for China's Eastern Theater Command of the People's Liberation Army said last weekend.
The U.S. government is contemplating whether to provide Taiwan with a new suite of seven advanced defensive systems. It would include anti-ship missiles, additional advanced ground-based air defense systems and the MQ-9B Reaper drone. [FULL STORY]