China Will Not Invade Taiwan Anytime Soon, But Attacks May Be Impending, Says Gen Milley
By: Jacob Yang
The top US general, Gen Milley, stated in an interview that an invasion of Taiwan may be unlikely, but nevertheless, the United States is observing China tightly.
China, in recent times, has been flying airplanes into Taiwan Airspace. In response, the United States, Taiwan’s biggest, and most powerful, ally, has been sending naval ships through the Taiwan Strait (the body of water between China and Taiwan) to defend Taiwan in case an invasion occurs between the two countries.
Last Sunday, Mr. Milley stated to BBC News, “Whether [China] would [invade Taiwan] or not is a political choice, it’s a policy choice.” US President Joe Biden said in May this year that China was “flirting with danger” by sending warplanes into Taiwan. Mr. Biden promised to use the military to protect the small country if it was attacked. In response, China responded that they would not “hesitate to fight” in order to avert the island nation from gaining independence.
"There's no indications or warnings of anything imminent at this time. But … we watch [China] very, very closely,” stated Mr. Miller. When asked about China’s capability, he replied with, “[Xi Jinping] mentioned that in public forms [and] speeches, he has challenged the PLA [China's People's Liberation Army] to develop the capability to attack Taiwan.” The US has deduced that China should have the power to invade Taiwan.
China recognizes the consequences of an attack; China, Taiwan, and the US all know that war would be inevitable. China has diligently been trying to avoid war and resolve the conflict peacefully. With so many events in the near future – the US presidential mid-term election, China’s 20th Communist Party congress, and Taiwan’s elections - China and the US will not be changing their political standpoint. Therefore, all three countries are stuck in a stalemate; the tensions will neither increase nor die down.