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Taiwan Tensions Raise Fears Of US-China Conflict In Asia

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In this photo released by U.S. Navy, US Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and other US and Allies vessels transit the Bay of Bengal as part of MALABAR 2021, on Oct. 12, 2021. China seeks to bring the strategically and symbolically important island back under its control, and the U.S. sees Taiwan in the context of broader challenges from China. (Russel Lindsey/US Navy via AP)

(AP) — After sending a record number of military aircraft to harass Taiwan over China’s National Day holiday, Beijing has toned down the saber rattling but tensions remain high, with the rhetoric and reasoning behind the exercises unchanged. Experts agree a direct conflict is unlikely at the moment, but also that the future of self-ruled Taiwan is increasingly becoming a powder keg where a mishap or miscalculation could lead to confrontation while Chinese and American ambitions are at odds. China seeks to return the strategically and symbolically important island and the U.S. sees Taiwan in the context of broader challenges from China. Leader Xi Jinping on the weekend again emphasized reunification of the nation must and will be realized.

 

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