Taiwan: US Warships Sail Through Strait

Photo: US Navy [via CNN]

The Facts

  • On Sun., the US Navy stated that two US warships entered the Taiwan Strait - allegedly to show its commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific - in the first such operation since US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island.

  • According to the US 7th Fleet, the USS Chancellorsville and the USS Antietam cruisers sailed through a corridor "beyond the territorial sea of any coastal state."

The Spin

Pro-China narrative

These operations, though not a direct threat to Chinese security, indicate that the US is likely to try to prevent a peaceful Chinese reunification by escalating tensions and accelerating instability. Rather than trying to attack China via Taiwan, US strategists must abandon the arrogant conviction that they have authority over Chinese matters.

Anti-China narrative

This is a calculated decision to reaffirm the Biden administration's commitment to freedom of navigation in the Indo-Pacific. By not shying away from Chinese threats and war games, the US is showing continued support for Taiwan.

Nerd narrative

There is a 65% chance that, if China invaded Taiwan before 2035, the US would respond with military forces, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

Establishment split



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