China Is Ready to Mount a "Full-Scale" Invasion of Taiwan
The ongoing tension in China continues to worsen. There are reports coming out that China is gearing up to launch a full-scale takeover of Taiwan in the coming years.
ACLJ Senior Military Analyst (and retired Colonel) Wes Smith discussed how the U.S. should respond to China attacking Taiwan in his new article. Today he further explained what is going on in the region:
There are several things happening. The Chinese media is promoting this idea . . . that the U.S. is in decline. They have warned our allies at large that they cannot depend on us to protect them and they are using Afghanistan and Vietnam as examples of that. So, while they are increasing their rhetoric about Taiwan, President Xi has also said that the ultimate . . . result he says will be that Taiwan is incorporated into China by force if necessary, he says. While all of this is going on, we have all of these flights of Chinese fighter aircraft and bombers into the Taiwan air space. 145 flights in the last four days. 750 flights into the airspace this year. So, the sabers are being rattled. Taiwan is rightly concerned. The U.S. supports Taiwan . . . but we also have a very complicated and ambiguous relationship with them as well because we recognize the One China policy which says that the Chinese communists are One China.
Wes further goes into detail about the complicated relationship as geopolitical tensions escalate in his new post: “How Will the United States Respond When China Attacks Taiwan?”
As tensions rise between China and Taiwan, President Biden addressed the situation, saying:
I’ve spoken with [Chinese President] Xi about Taiwan. We agree . . . we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. We made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by that agreement.
There is nothing for him to abide by. The U.S. is a party to that agreement, but China is not.
ACLJ Senior Advisor for National Security and former Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell gave his read on the situation:
Well clearly, what I discovered is there’s a difference between a threat of military action and a credible threat of military action. When Donald Trump was President, he spoke to the Chinese pretty regularly. . . . He was very clear with the Chinese that their behavior was the problem. He dangled out, with them, a more close relationship if the behavior would change. They would’ve never done what they are doing now with Taiwan under the Trump Administration. . . . This is the danger of having a President . . . who values consensus but doesn’t put America first. . . . The Biden Administration is being tested and their response so far has been very weak which is only going to encourage more bad behavior from countries around the world.
Ric added his recommendation on how the U.S. should react:
We have found ourselves in a situation where a lot of the supply chain ends up in China because it's cheap. . . . What we have to be able to do is recognize that this is a long-term fight. It is a strategic opponent that we have in China and lately it feels like an enemy. . . . We’re gonna need to be able to bring all of the supply chain home and begin to unwind ourselves from the cheap goods of China and then we’ll be able to I think have a stronger economic hand. Let’s be honest, that is what America needs to play, more than our military might. Our first step should always be using all of the tools of the economy and the power and engine of the U.S.
The ACLJ is already on top of this issue before it escalates. That’s just one international conflict we are engaged in. Another international fight is getting the International Criminal Court (ICC) to make changes to the Rome Statute to comply with international law. ACLJ Senior Counsel Skip Ash explained the reason these changes are needed in his new article and joined Sekulow to discuss further:
The treaty that created the ICC is called the Rome Statute. And the Rome Statute contains some provisions that clearly violate customary and international law. And every state is bound by customary and international law. So, what we are attempting to do is . . . point that out to them one more time. . . . with an in-depth analysis of why it violates international law and then try to encourage them to make those changes that are required to bring the treaty into compliance with international law, which would free up all the criticism from third states from non-party states in the treaty that have objections for what the court is doing and trying to do.
We are one of the most active non-governmental organizations at the ICC. We’ve contacted over 19 foreign ministers of countries that have acceded to the Rome Statute to encourage them to intervene and help us get the Rome Statute in line with international law. We will continue to monitor this situation and the rising tension in China.
Today’s full Sekulow broadcast is complete with even more analysis of China invading Taiwan and our work at the ICC.
Watch the full broadcast below.