The Phuket News Novosti Phuket Khao Phuket

Login | Create Account | Search


Top US commander fears Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2027

Top US commander fears Chinese invasion of Taiwan by 2027

WORLD: China could invade Taiwan within the next six years, as Beijing accelerates its moves to supplant American military power in Asia, a top US commander said yesterday (Mar 9).

Chinesemilitarypolitics
By AFP

Wednesday 10 March 2021, 11:20AM


Navy sailors walk past a ship in Taiwan, which faces a constant threat of invasion by China. Photo: AFP.

Navy sailors walk past a ship in Taiwan, which faces a constant threat of invasion by China. Photo: AFP.

Democratic and self-ruled Taiwan lives under constant threat of invasion by authoritarian China, whose leaders view the island as part of their territory and which they have vowed to one day take back.

“I worry that they’re (China) accelerating their ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order... by 2050,” said Washington’s top military officer in Asia-Pacific, Admiral Philip Davidson.

“Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions before that. And I think the threat is manifest during this decade, in fact, in the next six years,” he told a US Senate committee.

Taiwan split from China at the end of a civil war in 1949 and exists under the constant threat of invasion by the mainland.

Washington switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, but remains the island’s most important unofficial ally and military backer.

Donald Trump embraced warmer ties with Taiwan as he feuded with China on issues like trade and national security.

Biden’s administration has offered Taiwan cause for optimism for continued support aside from the State Department saying in January that US commitment to the island was “rock-solid”.

MACNELS SHIPPING PHUKET

Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the US was formally invited to Biden’s inauguration, an unprecedented move since 1979.

China also has made expansive territorial claims in the resource-rich South China Sea and even threatens the American island of Guam, underlined Davidson.

“Guam is a target today,” he warned, recalling that the Chinese military released a video simulating an attack on an island base strongly resembling US facilities in Diego Garcia and Guam.

He called on lawmakers to approve the installation on Guam of an Aegis Ashore anti-missile battery, capable of intercepting the most powerful Chinese missiles in flight.

Guam “needs to be defended and it needs to be prepared for the threats that will come in the future,” Davidson said.

In addition to other Aegis missile defense systems destined for Australia and Japan, Davidson called on lawmakers to budget for offensive armaments “to let China know that the costs of what they seek to do are too high.”

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

CAPTCHA

Be the first to comment.

 

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phuket arrivals in other provinces face quarantine measures

Can someone please explain to 'Christy Sweet', in simple language......(Read More)


Sustainably Yours: Science and Conspiracy Theories

When basic facts cannot be agreed upon, meaningful discourse is not possible. News sites giving in ...(Read More)


Sustainably Yours: Science and Conspiracy Theories

mich, are you wearing your tin foil hat? Wow! ...(Read More)


Entertainment venue closure extended, snorkeling and diving prohibited

Dear Foot, for what I know Cafè del Mar, Illuzion and Shelter only hosted the event. The Bkk based ...(Read More)


Entertainment venue closure extended, snorkeling and diving prohibited

Charles @i am working on the assumption that diving or snorkeling off the beach is ok, people cramme...(Read More)


30 Chalong Police officers ordered to self-quarantine

Please, no playing down- or damage control games. This is serious. 30 officers now at home, possible...(Read More)


COVID passenger warning for Phuket flights

The photos are clearly showing that per 5 rows on both sides only 1 window seat can be safely occupi...(Read More)


CAAT wants late-night flights scrapped to curb COVID spread

What’s the difference between night time flights vs day time? The people who would have flown on t...(Read More)


COVID passenger warning for Phuket flights

When they start fast testing/swapping prior the flight take off? Ask people to be in airport 3 hrs p...(Read More)