Does Xi respond to Trump’s tariffs by targeting Taiwan?

For several months now, US military officials have been insisting on the growing and “inevitable” geopolitical rivalry between the United States and China in both Asia and the world.

While US President Donald Trump has announced plans to reinstate tariffs in order to rebalance the US’s critically unfavorable trade balance, analysts are scrutinizing and attempting to interpret any Chinese government response.

At its top, President Xi Jinping came out strongly reinforced from the last congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and would therefore be able to respond “firmly” to the ambitions of his American counterpart who wants to end “the economic aggression from China”.

From the diplomatic standpoint, “if the day did come when the US took measures to hurt our interests, we will definitely take firm and necessary countermeasures to safeguard our legitimate interests,” said Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In parallel and from a geopolitical standpoint, the Chinese newspaper Global Times, an offshoot of the CCP, believes that “mainland China must also prepare for a direct military confrontation in the Taiwan Strait. It must make clear that an intensification of official exchanges between Americans and Taiwanese will have serious consequences for Taiwan.”

It’s actually drawing a red line for Washington the same way as Washington does for Moscow or Damascus. For analysts, such a posture confirms the Chinese strategy of deviating from the economic scene, Trump’s supposed strong point, to bring the confrontation on the strategic scene, Xi’s supposed strong point.

Basically, reminds Cyceon, China still acts with some caution vis-à-vis the United States since it has not spoken of a possible sale of US treasury bonds China owns up to a total USD 1,200 to 1,500 billion according to the Council of Foreign Relations (CFR).

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