Tensions have been steadily ramping up between the United States and China for quite some time now. However, the recent trip by Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan, despite firm warnings from China and reservations from the Pentagon, has kicked off the most aggressive Chinese military exercises in the Taiwan Strait region.
Currently, our government is running a tabletop war game in DC to see what might happen if China opts to invade Taiwan in 2026. The results show that the United States and China would take significant hits, with some wondering if we are appropriately prepared to counter Chinese aggression in the region.
The short answer to the question of whether we are prepared is “no.” However, the reasons are multi-faceted, ranging from beans and bullets to pure geography.