PUBLISHED: 08:00, Sat, Sep 26, 2020 | UPDATED: 08:06, Sat, Sep 26, 2020
And such is the superpower's commitment towards eventual unification, the island has no choice but to maintain an uneasy status quo in which it enjoys autonomy without true security, Ketian Zhang, an Assistant Professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government has said. Prof Zhang was speaking at a time of raised tensions in the region, with China, led by President Xi Jinping, launching a series of military drills which saw 19 fighter jets encroach into Taiwanese airspace.
The drills were apparently triggered by the visit of Keith Krach, Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, last week, much to the irritation of Beijing.
Meanwhile PLA Rocket Force has released a propaganda video featuring footage of soldiers being put through their paces, and missiles being launched, which was widely interpreted as a message aimed at Taiwan, led by President Tsai Ing-wen.
Prof Zhang told Express.co.uk: "I would say the tension surrounding Taiwan has worsened since Trump took office, and the worsening of cross-strait relations is a gradual process.
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Xi Jinping's China has warned Tsai Ing-wen it does not recognise the "median line" (Image: GETTY)
A fighter jet attached to an aviation brigade of the air force under the PLA Eastern Theater Command (Image: NC)
"It has to do with three factors, one, the Trump administration’s policy, especially efforts in trying to make US-Taiwan relations into more of a formal and official bilateral relationship (including senior-level official visits to Taiwan), two, the DPP’s growing pressure to demonstrate Taiwan’s de facto independence, and three, China’s harsher statements toward Taiwan.
"That said, I would say the possibility of war, at least intentionally, is still low.
"None of the three sides – Taiwan, China, and the US, would want to actively get involved in a war.
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Prof Zhang said tensions had increased since the election of US President Donald Trump (Image: GETTY)
"We will, however, continue to