China has some doubt on ability to invade Taiwan, CIA chief says – National
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 stressed that the US must take President Xi Jinping’s desire to eventually take control of Taiwan “very seriously,” even if military conflict is inevitable. bottom.
“We know that President Xi Jinping has instructed China’s military leader, 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 2009. Similarly,” Burns told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“I think, at least in our judgment, President Xi and his military leadership today have doubts about whether an invasion can be accomplished,” he said.
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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 displays of official American support for the island’s democracy in the face of increasing power by Beijing, which claims Taiwan as part of its territory. The US military said it would defend Taiwan if China attempted 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. But he said the likelihood of an attack on Taiwan was only increasing. stronger.
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“I think it probably reinforced some of those doubts, as they’ve seen Putin’s experience in Ukraine,” Barnes said. The only risk is that we believe it is likely to spread over the next decade and beyond.
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“So that’s obviously something we’re watching very closely,” he said.
China accuses US of ‘bullying’ in new ‘illegal’ sanctions
China said on Monday that the US imposed “illegal” sanctions on Chinese companies as part of US actions against the Wagner Group and its affiliated companies and individuals in Russia, calling for “blatant bullying and double standards.” accused of going
These organizations were targeted for their role in the war in Ukraine and in mercenary activities, including human rights abuses in Africa.
The sanctions “are typically unlawful unilateral sanctions and long-term jurisdiction, not based on international law or Security Council approval,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said at a daily briefing.
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The punitive measures “seriously harm China’s interests” and China “strongly rejects and deplores them and lodged solemn complaints with the US side,” Mao said.
“While the United States has stepped up its efforts to send arms to one of the parties to the conflict, resulting in endless wars, it frequently spreads misinformation about China’s arms supply to Russia, and for no good reason. We have an opportunity to impose sanctions on Chinese companies,” she said. “This is blatant bullying and a double standard.”
The Treasury and State Departments issued a joint statement targeting dozens of Wagner Group affiliates, including parts of the Central African Republic and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the president of Russia’s Kalashnikov Concern, the original manufacturer of the AK-47. announced this move in Assault rifle.
Wagner, a Russian private military company, has been involved in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine.
The sanctions also hit Changsha Tianyi Space Science and Technology Research Institute (also known as Spacety China), a Chinese company that provides affiliates of the Wagner Group with satellite imagery in support of Wagner’s military operations in Ukraine. Gave. Spacety China’s Luxembourg-based subsidiary was also targeted.
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