The incursion came at the close of a three-day military conference attended by Xi Jinping.
A flurry of meetings shows that Washington will shield smaller countries that embrace Taiwan.
The commander of U.S. special forces suggested that the principal aim of his forces’ efforts in Taiwan is to make the island a less enticing target for China.
A narrow window — between Taiwan’s 2024 presidential election in January and the U.S. election ten months later — could be particularly perilous.
The comments come weeks after China’s air force executed its largest-ever incursion into Taiwanese air space.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken called for other countries to support Taiwan’s participation in U.N. agencies.