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U.S. 7th Fleet Commander Says There Will Be an International Response if China Blockades Taiwan

A People's Liberation Army service member looks through binoculars during military exercises as Taiwan's frigate Lan Yang is seen at sea on Aug. 5, 2022. (Lin Jian/Xinhua via AP, File)
A People’s Liberation Army service member looks through binoculars during military exercises as Taiwan’s frigate Lan Yang is seen at sea on Aug. 5, 2022. (Lin Jian/Xinhua via AP, File)

The U.S. Navy’s frontline fleet commander warned that China’s military is capable of imposing a blockade around Taiwan, but doing so would trigger a concerted effort by the international community to intervene.

Vice Adm. Karl Thomas, commander of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday that China has “a very large navy” that can “bully and put ships around Taiwan.”

“Clearly, if they do something that’s non-kinetic, which, you know, a blockade is less kinetic, then that allows the international community to weigh in and to work together on how we’re going to solve that challenge,” he said.

Adm. Thomas could not predict whether China would blockade or launch a full-fledged attack against Taiwan, but he said that the U.S. Navy is prepared for any scenario.

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