BREAKING: Tensions With China Are The Worst They’ve Been In Decades, According To Taiwan

It was reported earlier to day by NPR that Tensions between Taipei and Beijing are at their worst in more than 40 years, Taiwan’s defense minister says, citing a recent increase in incursions by Chinese military aircraft into the island’s air defense identification zone.

Although no shots have been fired, Taiwan says that nearly 150 aircraft belonging to China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force entered the zone in a four-day period beginning Friday, as part of what Taiwan calls a strategy of harassment.

Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng called the situation “the most serious” in the more than 40 years since he joined the military.

Taiwan is a self-governed island of about 24 million people off the Chinese coast that Beijing considers part of its territory.

The Biden administration said this week that it is in contact with Taiwan over the incursions and is “conveying clear messages through diplomatic channels,” according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki.

“We remain concerned by the People’s Republic of China’s provocative military activity near Taiwan, which is destabilizing, risks miscalculations and undermines regional peace and stability,” she said at a Monday press briefing, emphasizing that the U.S. commitment to Taipei is “rock solid.”

The National Review reported that President Biden sparked confusion last night when he referred to a seemingly nonexistent agreement between the U.S. and China over Taiwan.

“China has . . . I’ve spoken with Xi about Taiwan. We agree, we will abide by the Taiwan agreement. That’s where we are and I made it clear that I don’t think he should be doing anything other than abiding by the agreement,” Biden told reporters yesterday evening.

Since the start of this month, Beijing has sent 150 military aircraft into Taiwan’s air defense identification zone (ADIZ). Although the ADIZ is not Taiwan’s sovereign airspace, the Chinese sorties are a massive provocation and an escalation of Beijing’s ongoing effort to wear down the Taiwanese military ahead of a potential future attack.

There’s no doubt that this is a dangerous situation that calls for competent leadership from the White House — and Biden’s comment suggests that is in short supply.

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