In the United States and China engaged in a “strategic competition,” Taiwan’s position has become an international focus. The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) suggests that “the United States needs to be aware of the military threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), and the impending conflict,” according to Aboluowang.
Despite Washington’s assumption that China cannot pose a military threat to the U.S., the WSJ believes that such a belief is reckless and might lead to conflict and the failure of the U.S.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the CCP’s plans to invade Taiwan are becoming increasingly visible. In dealing with this looming military threat, the U.S. must exercise caution.
On October 27, the WSJ published an article titled “The Fight for Taiwan Could Come Soon,” written by Elbridge Colby, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense of the United States.
In his article, Colby points out three signs that the Chinese Communist Party has gradually become a serious military threat to the United States.
First, Beijing has made it clear that it will not hesitate to use force to occupy Taiwan to complete an essential step in establishing Chinese hegemony in Asia. Colby’s article emphasizes that the CCP’s threat is more than just words, as the CCP’s military has long conducted amphibious exercises and commercial satellite imagery shows that China has simulated it. A large-scale attack on U.S. forces in the region during these exercises.
Second, China currently has the largest navy globally, a large and sophisticated air force, and a missile system and satellite network, so the WSJ believes that the Chinese Communist Party is ambitious to invade Taiwan.
Third, the CCP may consider that time and opportunity are running out, forcing them to make a hasty choice to employ force against Taiwan. As a result, according to the Wall Street Journal, the U.S. should take action as soon as possible to prevent Beijing from deploying energy against the island.
The WSJ argues that the current shift of U.S. military forces to Asia is a good sign, but these efforts may not succeed until the end of the century and the most pressing task of the U.S. military. The U.S. is now helping Taiwan.
The WSJ suggested that the United States strengthen its defense systems, increase its defense budget, weaken Beijing’s ability to invade Taiwan, and help the island defend itself against blockades and bombings from the Chinese military.
These actions are necessary if the United States wants to determine whether Taiwan can continue as a free society.
The WSJ said that Washington should also warn Japan, a key U.S. ally, that it should play an essential role in helping Taiwan defend itself. The reason is that Japan will suffer a direct military threat from Beijing if Taiwan falls.
In addition, Japan should also immediately increase its defense budget, from the current level of only 1% of GDP to at least double.
At the same time, the United States needs to strengthen its military position by rapidly acquiring and deploying systems such as anti-ship missiles and non-man reconnaissance drones, essential factors in defeating a CCP invasion.