The U.S. military made headlines this weekend when they shot down a Chinese spy balloon that had been flying over the U.S. for several days. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is now facing questions about what their next move will be. In this blog post, we will summarize the predictions of several China experts on what Beijing’s response will be.
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Heino Klinck told Fox News Digital that the CCP will likely deny any wrongdoing and accuse the U.S. of being provocative. He also said that while China may be rhetorically aggressive, they are not likely to take physical action.
The former Beijing-based U.S. official said that he believes China will become even more aggressive in terms of playing incursions into Taiwanese airspace. He also said that the U.S., its partners and allies, and like-minded nations should be prepared to confront China today, not later.
American Enterprise Institute (AEI) China senior fellow Zack Cooper told Fox News Digital that he does not expect Beijing to retaliate after the balloon was shot down. He believes that Chinese leaders will want to put this affair behind them and that this does not fundamentally change the two sides’ leverage.
Former Trump administration Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. James Anderson said that the Chinese will continue to claim that the U.S. overreacted in shooting down the spy balloon and that Beijing may engage in further provocations against U.S. interests in the days ahead.
Several Republicans in both chambers of Congress have criticized President Biden’s sluggish timeline to take down the CCP spyware. Rep. Pete Sessions said he applauds the American people for expressing outrage and that this is why the balloon was shot down.
It will be interesting to see how China responds to the U.S. military shooting down the CCP spy balloon. The predictions of these China experts suggest that Beijing will deny any wrongdoing, shift the blame away from them, and may become more aggressive in terms of playing incursions into Taiwanese airspace. The U.S. and its allies must be prepared to confront China today, not later.