The PRC has consistently asked the US to back off from meddling in China's internal affairs. Whether it be through the State Dept., CIA, or armed forces, the US has long sought to secretly undermine China instead of cooperating in the open as a friendly partner. The US can't fathom a world in which it can't bully each nation into doing its bidding. The allegations of this incident ignore this fundamental root cause.
As China rapidly strengthens its military capabilities — and subsequent aggressive posture — the US can and must use both unilateral and multilateral diplomatic and military strategies to confront a looming threat. Preemptive but cautious moves are necessary to show China a united Western front willing to defend regions like Taiwan if need be. PRC aggression caused unsafe conditions in international skies.
There is a 10% chance that there will be active warfare between the US and China before 2027, according to the Metaculus prediction community.