The boss of the INC, William Burnsstated that the chinese regime could attack taiwan in the coming years, alleging that the president Xi Jinping“is preparing for a war” in his ambition to unite the island to Chinese territory.
Asked in an interview with the chain PBG, Burns stressed that, despite the fact that China has publicly insisted on its intention to control taiwan by peaceful means, he would also have instructed his military leadership so that it is prepared 2027 To trow an eventual war.
“I’m not sure I measure it in terms of months or a year (…) The honest answer is that the further we go into this decade, the greater the risks of a military conflict”said the CIA chief.
He stressed that the priority of INC it is not just how a conflict might affect Taiwan, but also how it would influence “the long-term geopolitical challenge posed by Xi’s China.”
“Over the course of the two years that I have been principal, we have established a new mission center, which is a kind of organizational bloc of the CIA. It is the only single-country mission center that we have, centered in China. We have dedicated resources, personnel and priorities in that direction, because this is a global competition, ”he added.
remembered that Xi Jinping and the Russian president Vladimir Putin, they have formed a “rather close” partnership in recent years. “A few weeks before Putin launched his invasion of the Ukraine, when they met at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, they proclaimed their friendship without limits,” Burns said.
In this sense, he held that no foreign leader would have paid more attention than Xi Jinping to the war in Ukraine as well as “Russia’s poor military performance” as it would inspire his own ambitions in taiwan.
The head of the CIA also considered, in line with previous statements by Washington, that China, despite its verbal support, does not provide military support to Russia in its war in Ukraine.
“China draws conclusions from Russia’s war in Ukraine that it leans towards the use of force against Taiwan, so The question is not if it will invade, but when and how.” Burns added
The United States is concerned by Beijing’s increased military pressure in recent years against Taiwan, a democratic island that China considers part of its territory and aims to one day recapture.
At the beginning of December, the Taiwanese government warned that the chinese regime is looking for new pretexts to carry out military maneuvers around the island, which Beijing claims as its own territory and which is a growing source of friction between the Asian giant and the United States.
The Chinese military threat is now “more serious than ever”as highlighted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Joseph Wu, in an interview with Guardian. As he reviewed, Beijing’s warplane incursions into Taiwan’s defense zone have multiplied by five since 2020.
“We are pretty sure that the Chinese may want to use another pretext to practice their future attacks on Taiwan. So this is a military threat against Taiwan,” Wu said.
The minister considered that the Chinese regime is putting pressure on Taiwan in other ways in addition to the military, with strategies such as economic pressure, cyberattacks and diplomatic efforts to isolate Taipei.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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