China professional Gordon Chang has warned that the Chinese management are “clearly thinking about invading somebody” amid fears Xi Jinping might launch an invasion of Taiwan. Tensions within the South China Sea have been rising over China’s aggressive stance in the direction of the US-allied island nation which Beijing needs to annex. Mr Chang believes the menace within the area is “growing ominous” with senior Chinese officers seeking to shield themselves from potential western sanctions within the occasion of a future conflict.
Mr Chang informed Fox Business: “This is getting ominous because the Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that China is trying to sanction prove its senior officials.
“Now they would not try this except they have been considering they have been going to do one thing which we’d impose sanctions on them, like invading Taiwan or another nation.
“So the Chinese military is always constantly trying to improve itself to get itself more ready.
“Clearly they’re considering about invading any person.”
It comes as US President Joe Biden and his new South Korean counterpart agreed on Saturday to hold bigger joint military drills.
Mr Biden said the US-South Korean alliance was built on opposition to changing borders by force – an apparent reference to Russia’s war in Ukraine and China’s claims over Taiwan.
Although White House officials have sought to play down any explicit message of countering China, it is a theme of Biden’s trip and one that has caught the eye of Beijing.
“Jake Sullivan stated that Biden’s journey to Asia just isn’t geared toward confronting China,” Chinese envoy for Korean affairs Liu Xiaoming, said on Twitter, referring to Biden’s national security adviser.
“We hope that the US will match its phrases with deeds and work with international locations within the area to advertise solidarity and cooperation within the Asia-Pacific, as a substitute of plotting division and confrontation.”
Last Thursday, US national security adviser Jake Sullivan said that President Biden may talk with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in the coming weeks.
“I would not be shocked if, within the coming weeks, President Biden and President Xi communicate once more,” he told reporters aboard Air Force One.
Mr Sullivan spoke on Wednesday with Yang Jiechi, a key foreign policy adviser to Xi, and said he was “direct with him about our issues about North Korea’s nuclear and missile actions and our view that this isn’t in China’s pursuits.”
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“It’s not in America’s pursuits, and that China ought to ponder taking no matter steps it could possibly to scale back the potential for a provocative North Korean act, … we had a superb backwards and forwards on that topic,” he said, adding that Taiwan and other issues were also discussed.”
North Korean chief Kim Jong Un deserted a freeze on intercontinental ballistic missile testing and seems poised to renew testing of nuclear bombs, including to escalating regional tensions.
The United States additionally promised to deploy “strategic assets” – which generally embrace long-range bomber plane, missile submarines, or plane carriers – if needed to discourage North Korea.
Meanwhile, Beijing carried out army drills within the South China Sea to coincide with President Biden’s 5 day journey to Asia.