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.