US expert: Taiwan events entering 'dangerous time'

A former US national security adviser says conditions surrounding Taiwan are entering a "very dangerous time" given China's recent sorties of military aircraft into Taiwan's air defense identification zone.

H.R. McMaster, who served as national security adviser under President Donald Trump, spoke at a roundtable with members of the US and Japanese media, including NHK, in Washington on Monday.

The retired US Army general said China's Communist Party is facing the recognition that Taiwan is resilient and strengthening its defenses under President Tsai Ing-wen.

McMaster said developments must be watched closely, especially in 2022 after the Beijing Olympics are over.

He also said the US, Japan, Australia and other allies in the region must convince the Chinese Communist Party leadership and the People's Liberation Army that it cannot accomplish their objectives through the use of force or coercion.

McMaster suggested that the US and its allies should develop their deterrence capabilities.

He noted that increasing Japan's deterrent capability is very important to protect its population.

McMaster said Japan should not only be able to intercept missiles, but also possess conventional long-range precision fires missile capability "to be able strike the archer."