BREAKING NEWS: The Last Time There Was a Taiwan Crisis, China’s Low-tech Military Was Badly Outmatched by U.S. Forces. THAT IS NOT THE CASE NOW.

Chinese military helicopters fly past Pingtan island, one of mainland China’s closest point from Taiwan, in Fujian province, on Aug. 4, 2022.Hector Retamal / AFP – Getty Images
The United States can no longer assume it has military dominance in the event of a showdown with China over Taiwan, experts say.

The last time tensions soared between Beijing and Washington over Taiwan, the U.S. Navy sent warships through the Taiwan Strait and there was nothing China could do about it.

Those days are gone.

China’s military has undergone a transformation since the mid-1990s when a crisis erupted over Taiwan’s president visiting the U.S., prompting an angry reaction from Beijing.

“It’s a very different situation now,” said Michele Flournoy, a former undersecretary of defense for policy in the Obama administration. “It’s a much more contested and much more lethal environment for our forces.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping, unlike his predecessors, now has serious military power at his disposal, including ship-killing missiles, a massive navy and an increasingly capable air force. That new military might is changing the strategic calculus for the U.S. and Taiwan, raising the potential risks of a conflict or miscalculation, former officials and experts say.

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Source: NBCNEWS, DAN DE LUCE

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