It's "fearfully plausible" that America could go to war with China over Taiwan. That's according to a former U.S. Defense Department official.
Taiwan is now threatening to respond with military force if China's armed forces breach its territorial waters or airspace.
China expert Gordon Chang believes Beijing is gearing up for war.
"A Chinese entrepreneur factory owner a few weeks ago told me that, local cadres, officials came up to him and said, he's no longer producing medical equipment for civilians. His factory is going to be converted to war production, and this was not just an isolated case," Chang, a senior fellow with Gatestone Institute, told CBN News.
Elbridge Colby, a former top Defense Department official, warns America should prepare for war with China over Taiwan, warning that a conflict has gone from "a remote scenario to a fearfully plausible one."
Chang says Beijing is already making preparations.
"The Chinese Communist Party is trying to sanction-proof itself," Chang said. "For instance, it has told its officials to sell their foreign assets so they can't be taken away by foreign governments if they wanted to impose costs on China for invasion."
This comes as tensions continue to soar in the Taiwan Strait.
On Tuesday, for the first time, Taiwan fired at Chinese drones buzzing the Kinmen Islands just miles from China's coastline, vowing further counter-attacks if Chinese provocations continue.
"We will assess the threat level and determine whether to engage the targets and exercise the rights of self-defense," said Major General Wen-Huang Lin with Taiwan's Ministry of Defense.
Taiwanese soldiers operate an Oerlikon 35mm twin cannon anti-aircraft gun at a base in Taiwan's southeastern Hualien county on Aug. 18, 2022. (AP Photo/Johnson Lai)
That includes Taiwan pumping more money into its defense budget that's already a record $19 billion this year.
While Beijing continues to claim sovereignty over the island, Taiwan's president, visiting a military base near China's coastline this week, urged soldiers to keep their cool in the face of growing threats.
"I want to tell you that the more provocative the enemy is, the calmer we need to be," said Taiwan's President Tsai Ing-wen. "We will not allow those on the opposing banks to manufacture a conflict with an inappropriate excuse."
China has kept up this military pressure since Nancy Pelosi's visit to Taipei earlier this month, with almost daily warplane flights and warship maneuvers in the Taiwan Strait.
"They are practicing for war," warned Chang. "And we saw that with the live-fire exclusion zones, which were imposed after Speaker Pelosi's visit. God knows what they have up their sleeve in Beijing."
With growing fears that China is preparing to take Taiwan by military force, the Biden administration is planning to ask Congress to approve more than $1 Billion in arms sales to Taiwan.
According to Politico, the package includes 60 anti-tank missiles, surveillance radar technology, and 100 tactical air-to-air missiles.