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China doubts ability to invade Taiwan, CIA chief says

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US intelligence shows that Chinese President Xi Jinping has instructed his country’s armed forces to be “ready to invade Taiwan by 2027,” but given Russia’s experience in the war with Ukraine. , he may now be questioning his abilities…

In a televised interview aired on Sunday, Burns said the United States must take “very seriously” President Xi Jinping’s desire to eventually take control of Taiwan, even if military conflict is inevitable. emphasized.

“We know that President Xi Jinping has instructed China’s military leadership, the People’s Liberation Army, to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027, as it has been made public, but that is not what he said in 2027 or any other year. It doesn’t mean that we decided to invade in 2016 as well,” Barnes told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“At least in our judgment, President Xi and his military leadership doubt whether an invasion can be accomplished today,” he said.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 after a civil war that ended with the Communist Party taking control of the mainland. Autonomous islands behave like sovereign states, but are not recognized by the United Nations or major powers. In 1979, President Jimmy Carter formally recognized the Beijing government and severed ties with Taiwan. In response, Congress passed the Taiwan Relations Act, creating a benchmark for ongoing relations.

Taiwan has received many expressions of official US support for island democracy in the face of increased use of force by the Chinese government, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory. President Joe Biden has said the US military will defend Taiwan if China attempts to invade it. The White House has said U.S. policy has not changed, making it clear that Washington wants the Taiwan situation to be resolved peacefully. I am silent on whether there is any possibility of being dispatched.

In an interview on Sunday, Burns said the US and European allies’ support for Ukraine in the wake of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine could serve as a potential deterrent for Chinese officials in the meantime. He said the possibility of an attack on Taiwan was only increasing. stronger.

“I think it probably reinforced some of those doubts, as they’ve seen Putin’s experience in Ukraine,” Barnes said. It’s just that I think the risk of is likely to be greater in this decade and even the next decade.

“So that’s obviously something we’re watching very closely,” he said.

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