What’s behind escalating China-Taiwan tensions? – The Washington Post

The threat of military conflict has long loomed over Taiwan, but the flare-up has set off a new wave of fears. While domestic, nationalist impetus could explain the sorties, as could a desire to place diplomatic pressure on the United States, Taiwan sees the jet drills as more than a symbolic menace. Beijing could have the capability to launch a “full-scale” invasion of the island by 2025, Taiwan’s defense minister told journalists Wednesday.

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