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Chinese poses 'acute' threat to Taiwan, U.S. intel chief says

Added 05-10-22 04:35:02pm EST - “China is building up the military forces needed to invade and take over Taiwan by 2030, posing what a top U.S. intelligence official Tuesday described as an ?acute' threat to the island democracy.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Chinese poses ‘acute’ threat to Taiwan, U.S. intel chief says”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

China is building up the military forces needed to invade and take over Taiwan by 2030, posing what a top U.S. intelligence official Tuesday described as an “acute” threat to the island democracy.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told a Senate hearing that China’s leaders are still absorbing the lessons of Russia’s stalled invasion of Ukraine, but remain determined to seize Taiwan, preferably through a capitulation of the Taiwanese government. Beijing has long contended the island of nearly 24 million people is an integral part of China, and has shown rising anger at U.S. efforts to boost Taiwan’s defensive resources.

“It’s our view that they are working hard to effectively put themselves in a position in which their military is capable of taking Taiwan, over our intervention,” Ms. Haines a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing looking into rising global threats to U.S. security.

“I think it’s fair to say that [the situation] is critical or acute between now and 2030,” she added when questioned by lawmakers.

Intelligence agencies are still evaluating what lessons China may be learning from the Ukraine war and how that will affect Beijing’s timeline. Russia’s difficulties in making headway against a much smaller foe since the invasion began Feb. 24 and the advantages defenders appear to have in modern warfare are factoring into China’s calculations.

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