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Evidence 2a states “in order to prevent the crisis from escalating into a war, the US dispatched two carrier battle groups to Taiwan Straits as a show of resolve during the 1996 elections.” The carriers provided a buffer of sorts between Taiwan and the PRC, which fostered a diplomatic discussion. If current tension continues to escalate, the PRC could most likely expect a reoccurrence of this event and this expectation may be the reason that anti-ship subs have been deployed. Additionally, because the exact locations of these two subs is unknown, it is possible that this is what led the U.S. White House to explain that “President Obama expressed that the U.S. cannot dedicate support to Taiwan should the situation escalate further 25-days prior to the election.” The subs unknown locations would put the carrier groups at an unacceptable risk. Ultimately, neither Taiwan nor the PRC are able to depend upon the U.S. to contribute resources to a diplomatic solution, which does not eliminate the possibility of one, but simply lessens the probability. Lastly, resolving the conflict through diplomatic means would benefit the PRC greatly by increasing their standing with the United Nations and the international community as a non-confrontational global power, and would be a decisive political win.8