China sends warplanes over Taiwan in a show of force

September 25, 2021

China sends warplanes over Taiwan

The tension between China and Taiwan is rising again, and some fear that things could escalate to the point of no return. The dire picture is being painted after China sent 24 warplanes over Taiwan this week over TPP dispute.

Harsh statements are being traded as China aims to assert its dominance in the region. Taiwan’s government called China a bully for trying to dictate their country’s priorities.

Dispute over trade agreement puts China and Taiwan on the brink of war

The problems resurfaced this month after Taiwan opted to apply to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as TPP. This was done just one week after China had applied.

China claims that self-governing Taiwan is part of its territory, so the Communist regime is against its nemesis’ decision to join the trade alliance. Beijing says Taipei is not allowed to enter any organization in this fashion.

According to Taiwan, the fighter jets flew near its borders as soon it was revealed that Taipei wanted to join the trade pact. China flies warplanes over Taiwan regularly, but the pressure reached a new level in the past few days.

Taiwan responded to the threats by deploying air patrol forces and using its air defense systems to track the Chinese warplanes.

China wants to squash Taiwan’s global aspirations

China believes that it can have a significant impact if it succeeds in joining the trade agreement. Taiwan claims that China’s standards are not well aligned with those put in place by future partners.

The Chinese government has made it clear that Taiwan is using this opportunity to push for greater independence on the world stage, and Beijing is hoping that the countries joining the agreement will not allow this plan to move forward.

China joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be a tour the force because, in 2016, the 12 countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and the United States) that were pushing the agreement were doing so to limit Chinese influence in the region.

Trump’s 2016 win led to a U.S. retreat from TPP

However, after the election of Donald Trump, the U.S. withdrew its signature. The Republican politician had used the negative impacts of some trade deals against his rival, Hillary Clinton, to great success in the campaign.

As president, Mr. Trump adopted a populist tone, and trade was seen as bad for America. Trump’s victory in 2016 produced a form of realignment when it comes to trade policies in the U.S., and many politicians on both sides of the political spectrum became wary about embracing globalization.

Many experts say it would be a good thing if the Biden administration decides to rejoin the agreement. However, China’s recent foray into the partnership is a source of concern.

Moreover, Joe Biden, who backed the agreement when he was Barack Obama’s vice president, is keenly aware that such a move could come at a substantial political cost if he decides to run for reelection in 2024.

While Trump was a source of problems for China during his four years in the White House, he was also a great opportunity. His presidency helped China expand its reach, and it will be hard for the U.S. to make up for the lost time

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