Philippine Sea. (July 28, 2022): By throwing a temper tantrum off the coast of Taiwan, China may have unwittingly given western intelligence officers a bonanza of up-to-date information on their military capability. In the past week, China has conducted live fire exercises and repeatedly violated Taiwan air space, all under the watchful eye of America’s 7th Fleet.
American intelligence operatives are viewing, in real time, Chinese naval and air tactics, operating procedures, and the number and types of ships and aircraft they are likely to employ in an invasion of Taiwan.
Why is China doing this?
Chinese President Xi may have his own domestic troubles that provoking an international crisis might prove a useful distraction. His draconian COVID policy of drastic lockdowns to train individual control have angered ordinary citizens while the Chinese economy has slowed dramatically, spiking unemployment especially among young people. By manufacturing this crisis, President Xi hopes to divert domestic attention away from these troubles by using America as his punching bag.
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