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There are several things China could do to pressure Taiwan, short of full-scale invasion, including cutting off the island in a type of blockade. Bradley Martin, director of the RAND National Security Supply Chain Institute and senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation, wrote a report on this topic.

  • Martin said this would be a “power grab” by China to assert that Taiwan has no right to exercise control over what goes in and out of the country.
  • Because China does not view Taiwan’s government as sovereign or legitimate, China would describe it as a quarantine, said Martin.
  • He said a U.S. response, ideally with allies, would likely be necessary and recommended forward deployment of forces.

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