US and China seek the right level of pressure as Taiwan tensions grow

With Taiwan often seen as a potential trigger for “hot conflict” between Beijing and Washington, a crucial question is whether the nuclear-armed powers know what level of pressure is just right as both try and lay down firm markers amid their flaring tensions.Beijing considers the self-ruled, US-aligned island as a province to be reunited with the mainland and this month has sent a record number of military planes on sorties into the Taiwanese air defence zone. The island’s defence minister has…