Amid the tensions between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), Rep. Ted Yoho, (R-Fla.) suggested a confrontation between the two countries would take place in the coming months.
In an interview with the Washington Examiner, Yoho, who views the CCP’s expansionist policies with suspicion, predicted that the confrontation would occur “in the next three to six months.”
Yoho’s statements are in line with the military moves taken by the CCP in the South China Sea to demonstrate its power to neighboring countries, leading the United States to deploy attack ships in that area to respond to the challenges to the region’s stability.
“Knowing China [the CCP], I think what they would do is ram one of our ships and say it was a mistake,” Yoho said of the U.S. naval exercises in the Indo-China Sea.
“To sink a carrier would be a huge mistake, to attack any of our ships would be a huge mistake, but I think they’re willing to risk that to test the waters. And unfortunately, people will die. It would just be a mistake if they did that, for them,” Yoho said.
The Blaze reported that last week the CCP’s Foreign Ministry said U.S. policy is based on “ill-informed strategic miscalculation” that was fraught with emotions and whims and McCarthyist bigotry.”
“If the U.S. lacks confidence, openness, and inclusiveness to such an extent, and chooses to conjure up ‘China Threats’ of various kinds, its paranoia may turn into self-fulfilling prophecies at the end of the day,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Yi.
However, as the Washington Examiner points out, the CCP’s statements have no basis in fact for Yoho as the CCP has been deploying naval fleets for years in the South Sea. At the time of the Barack Obama administration, Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party Xi Jinping assured Obama that CCP had no intention of pursuing militarization in the waters.
Regarding the U.S. naval maneuvers, Yoho said, “We’re doing the freedom of navigation that we’ve done to let people know that area is an open channel for commerce.”
“We’re not trying to claim land. We’re just trying to keep the rule of law. And China [the CCP] is the one that’s trying to rewrite the law, and the norms, and unchecked they will continue to do that,” he added.
For Yoho, U.S. officials must be firm enough to be able to deter the Chinese Communist Party without using military force, provoking it, or otherwise inciting it to combat.