It is unlikely that Washington will abandon its confrontation with Beijing in the foreseeable future. This assumption was made on Thursday, February 2, by Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov.
“There will be no rapprochement between the US and China. Here we can firmly count on the Americans. They will continue to say and do everything to worsen relations with Beijing,” he wrote on his Telegram channel.
Thus, Pushkov commented on the statement by US Congressman Kevin McCarthy that the opinion of the Chinese authorities would not affect his plans to visit Taiwan.
Earlier, on Jan. 29, columnist Yuan Xiaocun said that a potential clash with China would cost the United States dearly. He added that the injection of confrontational rhetoric only provokes the authorities and the people of China to fight back.
Prior to this, on December 30, Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Tan Kefei warned of the risks associated with US plans to send Volcano anti-tank systems to the Taiwan Self-Defense Forces.
Tensions between China, Taiwan and the United States escalated in August 2022 after Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi’s unauthorized visit to the island. The politician called her trip evidence of Washington’s commitment to supporting Taiwanese democracy. Beijing urged to refrain from this step. Later, the Chinese authorities reported serious problems in relations with the United States.
Following Pelosi, several more American and other foreign delegations visited Taipei. The PRC considers such visits to be provocations and interference in China’s internal affairs.
Official relations between the PRC government and its island province were interrupted in 1949, when the Kuomintang forces led by Chiang Kai-shek, who lost in the civil war with the Communist Party of China, moved to Taiwan. Contact between the island and mainland China resumed in the late 1980s. The US openly supports the Taiwan authorities.