Joe Biden has only been in office for less than a week, and already China has made a highly aggressive and shocking military move in the South China sea.
On Saturday it deployed 13 warplanes, including eight giant, nuclear capable bombers to penetrate Taiwan’s airspace.
Such an aggressive incident is unusual, and may signal that the China is far closer to launching a war to invade Taiwan than many have previous though.
As The New York Post reports:
China sent eight nuclear-capable bombers, four fighter jets and an anti-submarine patrol aircraft into Taiwan’s southwestern air defense zone near the Pratas Islands, Reuters reported.
While Beijing has been sending almost daily flights over the waters in the southern part of Taiwan and nearby islands, it’s usually just one or two reconnaissance aircraft…
If you didn't realize that one implication of Biden's election is that Taiwan won't exist for long, you should probably realize that sooner than later.https://t.co/YU9Wbs81EU
— James Lindsay, king of your mom (@ConceptualJames) January 23, 2021
The increased antagonism came just three days after President Biden was sworn in and may be an early test of the new president.
Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State Tony Blinken said Tuesday that President Trump was right to take a tougher approach on China, and said the U.S. will continue to support Taiwan, which China considers a rogue province. “There’s been a strong and long bipartisan commitment to Taiwan,” Blinken said, adding, “the commitment to Taiwan is something that we hold to very strongly.”