This past weekend, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi began her highly anticipated trip to Asia. A Chinese nationalist’s tweet calling the People’s Liberation Army to shoot down Pelosi’s plane if she visits Taiwan had people speculating if World War III was about to happen.
Such a reaction was overblown, but undoubtedly, Chinese strongman Xi Jinping is determined to take control of Taiwan. He is unlikely to do so at the moment, however, due to domestic challenges.
Xi’s Domestic Challenges
There is a lot of speculation regarding Xi’s plans to invade Taiwan. From a military perspective, Xi is well prepared. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has the world’s largest navy, measured by fleet size, including a recently launched third aircraft carrier. Since 2020, the PLA has sent thousands of