China has threatened to invade Taiwan for over half a century now, but recent events have indicated that invasion may now be imminent.
In September, Chinese Army aircraft repeatedly breached the ‘median line’ of the Taiwan strait, violating an implicit agreement to steer clear of such territory.
Such actions in combination with the increasingly tense relationship between between the two countries is leading people to wonder what the US would do in the case of conflict.
Ian Easton, author of “The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan’s Defense and American Strategy in Asia.” says:
“It is possible to envision this ending in an all-out invasion attempt and superpower war. The next five to 10 years are going to be dangerous ones. This flash point is fundamentally unstable.”
The upcoming November election will surely have an impact on America’s involvement if conflict were to arise. In the past, Trump has articulated his reluctance to defend Taiwan, and Biden has previously insisted that Congress should decide.