The passage of two US warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday is part of Washington’s efforts to compete with China and preserve its domination in the Asia-Pacific region, says an American political analyst in Virginia.
“What we see here is a geopolitical conflict because China certainly wishes to maintain its influence in East Asia, China sees itself as likely being the dominant power in East Asia,” said Keith Preston, chief editor of AttacktheSystem.com.
“And the Americans of course see themselves as wanting to maintain hegemony in East Asia as well,” Preston told Press TV on Friday.
“The two powers are probably testing each other; they’re trying to see how far they can push before the other side reacts,” he added.
The US Navy dispatched two warships through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday in the third such operation in the past four months amid tensions with China, which regards Taiwan as a breakaway republic.