Speaker 12: (36:14)
While we’re on China, you just few minutes ago said that China is trying to set a new status quo, a new normal. Could you elaborate on that? What do they exactly want to achieve by creating this crisis?
John Kirby: (36:29)
You’ve seen them fly over the median line on several occasions in just the last 24 hours. You’ve seen them now declare Naval operating areas exercise areas, much closer to the island than they did 25 years ago. You’ve seen them now fly at least 11 ballistic missiles in and around the Taiwan Strait. Apparently, according to our Japanese allies, a couple of them, at least a couple of them landed in their economic exclusion zone, which means they most likely flew over the island.
John Kirby: (37:13) You could see a scenario where they’re just taking the temperature up, they’re boiling the frog. They’re taking the temperature up to a higher level, with perhaps the intention of maintaining that intensity, or at least being able to conduct those kinds of operations on a more frequent regular basis going forward. That’s a different status quo than the one that we had just a few days ago, just a week ago, and we’re not going to-
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