Will China and the US avert a showdown over Taiwan? | The Bottom Line

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China announced plans to flex its muscles near Taiwan in response to a visit Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the United States House of Representatives, made to the island.

For China, Taiwan is a breakaway province that must be “reunited” with the mainland. For Taiwanese leaders, it is a sovereign nation that wants to maintain its status quo.

The US policy is called “strategic ambiguity” – supporting Taiwan’s autonomy for now while being cautious not to anger China.

International relations expert Stephen Walt tells Steve Clemons that the interests of Beijing and Washington are too interdependent for either power to risk escalation.

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20 comments

Mz Martin August 4, 2022 - 4:33 PM

Not to mention it cost 90 million dollars

Mick Balint August 4, 2022 - 4:37 PM

Not happy China, you promised.

O O August 4, 2022 - 4:38 PM

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. -President John F Kennedy

BD Express August 4, 2022 - 4:40 PM

What is wrong with this blood thirsty USA. Causing havoc in the world the make their weapons business booming.

congo jander August 4, 2022 - 4:41 PM

Shut up it was planned act of provocation to push a war in Asia

davies muni August 4, 2022 - 4:42 PM

USA obliterate China. However citizen Americans are cowards urging their government to adoa WEAK POSTURE

Hugh Fox III August 4, 2022 - 4:53 PM

I would say to China the White House tried to stop Pelosi! I know this isn't much of an excuse but beats a showdown that would be a lose/lose/lose. A loss for the US, China and the world itself!

Warsame Ali August 4, 2022 - 4:54 PM

America trying to help any country is like Cancer tryin help a patient beat cancer I just dosent make sense

free lance August 4, 2022 - 4:55 PM

Propaganda for the US.
This is the US opinion, Where is another opinion from the other side?

Glenn W August 4, 2022 - 5:03 PM

Agree most points

Aionian Sage August 4, 2022 - 5:04 PM

I hear Chuck Schumer is going next week.

Andrew Griffin August 4, 2022 - 5:05 PM

America just need to go and take care of this china problem once and for all

Kep Pope August 4, 2022 - 5:08 PM

China wants to find a reason to flex they new toys but let's not underestimate the USA trump been wanting to flex our muscles but they stopped him he already said we have weapons nobody ever seen before

julio jamil August 4, 2022 - 5:08 PM

TAIWAN THE WOMAN DOLL USA. YOU ARE NOT LIBERATION and NOT INDEPENDENCE. YOU ARE THE DOLL USA. CHINA TAKE BACK TAIWAN AGAIN. TAIWAN YOU ARE CHINA PEOPLE NOT USA PEOPLE

Marcus Zoe13 August 4, 2022 - 5:11 PM

Teach! We are Learning 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥☝🏽😔

Pathfinder4604 August 4, 2022 - 5:12 PM

WE ARE INNOCENT CIVILIANS OF THE COUNTRIES AND WE ARE NOT A PART OF THE WAR ACTIVITIES. THIS WAR IS ALL PROPAGANDA MADE BY POLITICIANS FOR WAR EQUIPMENT ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE MASS DESTRUCTION OF CIVILISATION.
WHERE IS THE SYMBOL OF PEACE FOR THE WORLD, THAT WE CAN FIND FOR A BETTER SOLUTION THAN DESTRUCTION?

COOL GAMER August 4, 2022 - 5:14 PM

Its ambiguity for one obvious reason, US dont know what to do,!!!

John Koh August 4, 2022 - 5:14 PM

China doesn't need to invade Taiwan, 3 days air and sea lockdown indicates Taiwan has no military options to combat. There's no such thing as Taiwan airspace and territory water when China steps up military option and assets around Taiwan.
3 weeks lockdown will starve Taiwan when all supplies of essential foods, fuels and goods are cut off.
Pelosi is pushing Taiwan closer to unification in the name of DemonCrazy!!!

S L August 4, 2022 - 5:16 PM

hotchpotch situation

Jamie August 4, 2022 - 5:17 PM

Purpose: avoid being embarrassed by pelosi 's husband's driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Purpose: sell more arms to Asian countries hence more donations