A senior US official mentioned the US had tried to ship a “clear message of deterrence across the Taiwan Strait”. Kurt Campbell, coordinator for Indo-Pacific affairs on the US nationwide safety council, made the remarks on Tuesday as China’s assertiveness intensified.
He mentioned any makes an attempt to take again Taiwan – which Beijing claims as its personal territory – can be “catastrophic”.
Mr Campbell advised the Asia Society on-line discussion board: “One of the reasons why the United States is so clear about our dissatisfaction by what China has undertaken in Hong Kong is a clear sense that, quietly behind the scenes, Chinese interlocutors have studied and tried to make an assessment [that asks] if we can do this, ‘what’s the international response and what does that tell us about what the response would be with respect to Taiwan’.
“I just want to underscore that such an effort would be would be catastrophic.”
He added: “We fully recognise and understand the sensitivities involved here.
“We do believe that Taiwan has a right to live in peace.
“We’ve tried to send a very clear message of deterrence across the Taiwan Strait.”
Earlier this week Taro Aso, Japan’s deputy prime minister, mentioned the US and Japan would wish to work collectively to guard Taiwan in a possible battle, Kyodo Information reported.
The information outlet added that Taro Aso warned a conflict over the island nation might be perilous for Japan.