Harry Kazianis described the threat from China as “the greatest national security threat” facing the West, saying Xi Jinping is looking for “many different asymmetrical ways to push back against the United States”. The war strategy expert told Express.co.uk that China feels ‘weakness’ from the US over its commitment to defending Taiwan, saying Beijing is looking to ‘test’ the Biden administration.
Kazianis also said China may try to work with Vladimir Putin to pressure US arms supplies.
He explained: “I think it’s all going to be interconnected very soon.
“For the Chinese, they’re looking for a lot of different asymmetrical ways to push the US back and make it look bad.
“So I think what Xi is probably doing is talking to Putin and saying, look, we weren’t very supportive of giving you guns before, but that’s changed.
“It wouldn’t even take much – a few hundred drones on the battlefield in Ukraine that are modern and state-of-the-art from the Chinese would make a huge difference to Russia.
“It would put pressure on the United States to give more weapons to Ukraine – and the United States is really taking those HIMARS out and they’re taking them out of the American stockpile, so it’s literally weakening [their] ability to fight China.
“So this is all scary.”
He described the situation as “extremely worrying”, adding: “I think the West has rightly been worried about Russia and Ukraine, but I think the challenge has always been the rise of the China.
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Speaking about China’s military response to Ms Pelosi’s visit, Mr Kazianis told Express.co.uk: “I think the Chinese are sensing a bit of weakness there, Biden trying to stop Nancy Pelosi from leave.
“Then it supports the random visit.
“I think in the short term the Chinese are going to test what the Biden administration is going to do.”
Ahead of Ms Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan, Mr Biden said the trip was “not a good idea at the moment”.
After the Speaker of the House arrived in Taiwan, the People’s Liberation Army sent more than 200 military aircraft and more than 50 warships to the island, according to Taiwan’s Defense Ministry.
Meanwhile, dozens of Chinese military planes crossed the median line in the Taiwan Strait, the unofficial maritime border between Taiwan and China.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said last week that the drills were meant to “send a warning” to those seeking Taiwan independence.