Why the US fears a Taiwan war in 2027
US officials keep warning of invasion. There's much to do in the meantime.
TAIWAN HAS 5 YEARS TO PREPARE for a Chinese invasion if—a big if—U.S. fears prove true that Beijing may abandon its goal of “peaceful reunification” in 2027 and seize the island democracy of 23 million by force.
That’s been the hypothetical D-Day for a while, thanks to Navy Adm. Phil Davidson, who told the Senate last year that China’s ambitions are accelerating and “the threat is manifest during this decade” of a potential Taiwan play. “In fact, in the next six years.”
Add CIA Deputy Director David Cohen as another voice: He says Chinese President Xi Jinping has ordered his military “to have the capability to take control of Taiwan by force by 2027,” CNN reported, though Langley still thinks Xi wants to “get control through nonmilitary means.”
President Joe Biden has said four times now that the United States will defend Taiwan from attack—Chinese protests and “strategic ambiguity” be damned—so the question now is what is being done to deter it?
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