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President Biden has said that if China attacks Taiwan, the United States would defend Taiwan militarily, but given China’s intense armed forces modernization, would that be possible?

  • Michael O’Hanlon, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said he does not think it is possible to predict whether the United States would win against China when defending Taiwan in a hypothetical conflict because there are too many uncertainties.
  • While the U.S. had historic dominance over China militarily, the playing field is now more even, he said.
  • The United States has a “strategic ambiguity” policy of not committing to defend Taiwan, which is to discourage both Taiwan and China from starting a war, said O’Hanlon.

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