One U.S. lawmaker is predicting a deadly “clash” with China.
The Washington Examiner reports that Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), the ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs subcommittee for Asia, believes that a violent confrontation between the United States and China will take place “within the next three to six months.”
The status quo
Tensions between the United States and China are undeniably high.
Unlike the previous administration, President Donald Trump’s administration has been giving China a hard time – as it should. China, after all, continues to show the world that it is a power-hungry communist regime.
Accordingly, America has led the way in keeping China under control. And, From the tariffs that the president has placed on Chinese products to the espionage investigations that are being led by FBI Director Christopher Wray, China is not happy with the United States.
“Knowing China . . .”
According to Yoho, who recently participated in an interview with the Examiner, China’s displeasure may soon manifest itself in violence.
“Knowing China, I think what they would do is ram one of our ships and say it was a mistake,” Yoho said.
It, of course, wouldn’t be the first time China tried to do such a thing. Just in 2018, for example, China almost collided with a U.S. warship, a move that was condemned by U.S. officials. And, just in case you think this was some kind of accident, a Chinese military admiral is on the record suggesting that these kinds of attacks would leave the U.S. “frightened.”
Yoho told the Examiner that such attacks are possible, and, even though it would be a “huge mistake,” he believes that the Chinese are “willing to risk that to test the waters, and unfortunately, people will die.”
The right approach
According to Yoho, whether or not China does decide to launch this kind of attack will all depend largely on the United State’s diplomatic tone.
“The United States is willing to stand up to them, and that may force China’s hand,” he said. “That’ll be something that they will lose, and they will regret, but we can’t be intimidated because that might happen. I think the real threat is, if we don’t do anything, we know that it’ll happen. And then, that’ll give more strength to China to keep doing what they’re doing. So, you know, let’s just hope that diplomacy works and China backs off.”
Indeed, it is no time for weakness when it comes to China. That’s what led to this situation in the first place.