The oldest general in the United States has denied warnings of an immediate Chinese invasion of Taiwan, arguing that the Libyan People’s Liberation Army is not yet able to annex the island.
“I think China has ways to develop the de facto, non-joking, ability to take military action to seize the entire island of Taiwan by military means if they wanted to,” said General Mark Mill. Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing,
Milli added that he believes that China has little intention of taking Taiwan by force. “There is no reason to do it militarily, they know it. So I think the chances are probably slim in the immediate, short term. ”
His assessment contradicts the warning issued in March by the commander of the American troops in the Pacific, Admiral Philip Davidson, who told the deputies: during the hearings that China could invade Taiwan in the next six years. Dav’s Aquil Aquilino, Davidson’s successor, said China’s attack on Taiwan could begin “much closer to us than many people think.”
Also a high-ranking US government official said the Financial Times There were fears that President Xi Jinping saw progress in uniting Taiwan with China as possible in the search for a third term.
Over the past year, the Chinese military has steadily increased pressure on Taipei, such as flying planes. to enter the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone,
Since the announcement of Taiwan for the first time in September last year, People’s Liberation Army aircraft have entered the buffer zone for an average of 20 days a month. The share of fighter-bombers in these flights has steadily increased, reaching 44 fighters in April.
China after a break earlier this month 28 military planes flew Tuesday to Taiwan, the largest one-day incursion. The mission was seen as a response to G7 հայտարար NATO statements that embarrassed China անումը the arrival of an American aircraft carrier that sailed into the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
Some experts believe that China’s rapid military modernization has given the PLA confidence that it can successfully carry out a two-pronged invasion of Taiwan.
“The Chinese military partners I spoke to told me they could land, that they were confident,” Stanford University China expert Oriana Skylar Mastro told a podcast this week.
But other analysts disagree. “The PLA currently lacks the necessary amphibious elevator, logistics, and materials for strong strait intrusions, and is in no hurry to do so,” Andrew Erickson, a professor at the US Naval College, wrote on Monday.