China adds Pressure to the Taiwan Situation
China won't "Hesitate to Start a War" over Taiwan...
A detailed series of times in which Chinese officials have conveyed to the United States that the Taiwan Strait does not constitute international waters has been released in a report by Bloomberg. The report will up tensions as the United States has been found to be sending Navy warships through the same exact waters on a monthly basis.
"The statement disputing the US view of international law has been delivered to the American government by Chinese officials on multiple occasions and at multiple levels, the person said. The US and key allies say much of the strait constitutes international waters, and they routinely send naval vessels through the waterway as part of freedom of navigation exercises.
The Biden administration is said to be "alarmed" by the private warnings, given that it’s not clear whether the recent assertions indicate that China will take more steps to confront naval vessels that enter transit the Taiwan Strait.”
The report also gives insight into China’s possible assertive stance in the South China Sea.
The Chinese Defense Minister, Wei Fenghe, told United States Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, that China will “not hesitate to start a war” if Taiwan declares any form of independence. Austin was also warned that "if anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will definitely not hesitate to start a war no matter the cost.”
On the flip side, Lloyd Austin also warned Wei Fenghe to "refrain from further destabilizing actions" on Taiwan.