Is a US-China Conflict Inevitable Now?

BY: John Bruton

China-US warlike rhetoric is alarming. Republicans and Democrats agree on curbing China economically and militarily.

Trump imposed tariffs on China due to intellectual property theft and currency manipulation. Pence prioritized competition over cooperation.

Biden continues tariffs and restricts semiconductor chip exports to China to hinder its access to advanced technology.

Taiwan produces 60% of world's semiconductors and 90% of the most advanced ones. Officially, it's part of China, but it's disputed.

Taiwan transitioned to democracy, with President Tsai Ing-wen, who visited the US and met with Speaker McCarthy, angering China.

Taiwan a US-China flashpoint, with speculation about a Chinese invasion, while Beijing restricts rare earths exports.

China increases military spending, defense budget for 2023 announced at $224.8B, prioritizes navy to enforce blockades.

US Navy faces challenge from Chinese Navy in Pacific. US has allies in NATO, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and Australia. China has Russia.