The top U.S. general refuted the warning that China was about to invade Taiwan and insisted that the People’s Liberation Army was not capable of annexing Taiwan.
“I think China has a way to develop practical, non-joking capabilities to conduct military operations and seize the entire island of Taiwan by military means, if they want to do so,” said General Mark Milley, chairman of the US Marine Corps.The Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing.
Milli added that he believes that China has no intention of occupying Taiwan by force. “There is no reason to do this in the military, they know it. So, I think this possibility may be very low in the near future.”
His assessment is in stark contrast to the warning issued in March by Admiral Philip Davidson, then commander of the US Army in the Pacific, who told lawmakers At the hearing China may attack Taiwan in the next six years. Admiral John Aquilino, Davidson’s successor, said that China may be “closer to us than most people think” to launch an attack on Taiwan.
A senior U.S. government official also Tell the financial times Some people worry that President Xi Jinping views the progress of Taiwan’s reunification with China as an important factor in his search for a third term.
In the past year, the Chinese military has significantly increased its pressure on Taipei, such as flying airplanes Enter the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone.
Since Taiwan first announced its invasion in September last year, PLA Air Force aircraft have entered the buffer zone on average 20 days a month. The number of fighters and bombers participating in these flights has steadily increased, reaching a peak of 44 fighters in April.
After the calm at the beginning of the month, China Fly 28 military aircraft The biggest single-day invasion of Taiwan on Tuesday. The visit was seen as a response to the G7 and NATO’s statements condemning China and the arrival of a US aircraft carrier entering the disputed waters of the South China Sea.
Some experts believe that China’s rapid military modernization has given the People’s Liberation Army the confidence to successfully carry out an amphibious invasion of Taiwan.
Oriana Skylar Mastro, an expert on China at Stanford University, said in a podcast this week: “The Chinese military colleagues I have been talking to told me that they can land and they have confidence.”
But other analysts disagreed. Andrew Erickson, a professor at the U.S. Naval War College, wrote on Monday: “The PLA currently lacks the amphibious transportation, logistics, and materials required for a powerful cross-strait invasion, and has not shown the urgency to achieve this goal. “