China Assault is Not Imminent, but US is Carefully Monitoring

Gen. Mark Milley on China
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According to Gen. Mark Milley, China is obviously building the capacity to strike at some time, but doing so would need political decision-making.

According to China, Taiwan is a separatist province that has to be united with the mainland, maybe via force.

It has said that it would “resolutely demolish” any effort to back Taiwan’s independence and has accused the US of doing so.

China and the US, Taiwan’s most important ally, have lately increased tension noticeably.

While the US has dispatched navy ships into Taiwan’s waters, China has been launching dozens of airplanes into Taiwan’s air defense zone.

US President Joe Biden said in May that China’s near flying of jets over Taiwan put it “flirting with danger.” If the island was attacked, he swore he would defend it with force.

In response, Beijing said that it “would not hesitate to battle” to stop Taiwan from officially declaring independence, accusing the US of “violating its commitment on Taiwan” and “interfering” in China’s internal affairs.

Gen. Milley, the head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, responded to the BBC’s question on whether he believed China would invade Taiwan with the words “could, should, would.”

I believe China is definitely building competence in this area. President Xi [Jinping] has challenged the PLA [China’s People’s Liberation Army] to build the capacity to attack Taiwan at some point in time. He has made this statement in public forums and speeches.

And regardless of whether they would or not, it is a political and policy decision that will depend on how the Chinese see the cost, risk, and advantage at the moment.

“There are currently no signs or warnings of anything approaching. But once again, we keep a careful eye on it “Milley said, “Gen.”

The Taiwan Relations Act, which mandates that the US must provide the island the ability to defend itself, requires the US to sell guns to Taiwan despite the fact that it has no formal diplomatic relations with the island.

It also diplomatically accepts China’s stance that there is only one Chinese government while maintaining official relations with China.

One significant worry is that if China invaded Taiwan, it would start a war. Beijing has previously said that, if required, it will use force to recover the island.

But according to most experts, this is unlikely at this time.

Taiwan has been significantly bolstering its air and sea defenses in response to the ongoing discussion over whether China has the military capacity to successfully invade.

However, many believe Beijing is aware that such a move would be very expensive and devastating for the whole globe, not just China.

China has always said that it wants to “peacefully reunite” with Taiwan and that it will only take action in response to a provocation.

A formal declaration of independence by Taiwan would probably be one of the causes. But despite her insistence that they already have sovereign status, their President Tsai Ing-wen has steadfastly avoided this.

This stance, known as “maintaining the status quo,” is supported by the majority of Taiwanese, albeit a shrinking minority expresses a desire to progress toward independence.

In a similar vein, the US has often said that it does not desire war and would prefer to avoid being involved in an expensive military fight in Asia.

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