The People’s Republic of China has made no secret of its attempts at unifying the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan. Xi Jinping, the chairman of the Communist Party of China, has made unification his top priority in his growingly authoritarian regime.

The U.S. government has prioritized the nation’s defense as both Beijing and Washington head towards a new Cold War. With a potential showdown in the Pacific increasingly veering towards inevitably, there are several contingency options America and its Asian Pacific allies can use against China.

Why a Chinese Invasion Would be Easy to Detect

A potential invasion of Taiwan would be the biggest war the Asian Pacific has seen since World War Two. Countries like the United States and Japan have pledged to defend Taiwan, while the Philippines and Vietnam are in a Cold War with China. The AUKUS coalition was also created to counter Chinese aggression and could also potentially intervene.

Before Russia declared a full-fledged war on Ukraine, it took the Kremlin eight months to muster Europe’s most significant invasion force since WWII. U.S. intelligence was able to spot Russian logistical and troop movements toward the Ukrainian border for months on end, up until the invasion on February 23, 2022.

China’s potential invasion of Taiwan would also be detected far ahead of its time frame. To invade Taipei, Beijing would have to amass the largest amphibious force in world history—a naval force that would have to eclipse the D-Day landings.