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US military chief expects Chinese invasion of Taiwan within six years

China could invade Taiwan within six years, a senior US military chief warns. Beijing would like this move to increase its military dominance in East Asia vis-à-vis US troops.

Admiral Philip Davidson, the most senior US serviceman in East Asia, said in a Senate committee that he is concerned that by 2050 China will – faster than expected – want to take over the international leadership role from the US. “Incorporating Taiwan is clearly one of the ambitions they have for that time. That threat will manifest itself this decade, probably sometime in the next six years.”

Taiwan has felt a threat of Chinese invasion for years. Beijing sees Taiwan as a renegade province and has vowed to include it more often.

Former President Trump sought rapprochement with Taiwan while in a trade dispute with China. Successor Biden said he would continue to follow that line in January and wanted to have a good relationship with the island.

Threat to Guam

The admiral is further concerned about the American island of Guam, in the Pacific Ocean. The Chinese military has a simulation video of capturing an island base that is very similar to US bases on Guam and Diego Garcia Island, according to Davidson.

To counter that threat, it would be wise to place more long-range weapons on the island bases, Davidson thinks. “A greater variety of precise long-range weapons is critical to the destabilizing situation in the west Pacific.”

US military chief expects Chinese invasion of Taiwan within six years
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