Is the United States playing chicken with China in the Taiwan Strait?
Is the United States playing chicken with China in the Taiwan Strait?

Is the United States playing chicken with China in the Taiwan Strait?

Last Friday, a U.S. Navy Poseidon P-8A intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew through the Taiwan Strait. This seemingly routine event was anything but.

In fact, it appears to have been the latest US venture in its dispute with China over the legal regime governing such passages – and thus their conflicting views on the relevant “international order.”

In an unusual “in your face” statement, the US Indo-Pacific Command proclaimed that the flight was a demonstration of the US “commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.” It said the plane passed the Taiwan Strait in “international airspace” and that “the United States will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows including in the Taiwan Strait”(Emphasis added).

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