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US intel chief warns China ‘working hard' to prep Taiwan invasion

Added 05-11-22 10:18:01am EST - “Top US intelligence officials warned Tuesday that China is "working hard" to ?carry out a military takeover of Taiwan.” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “US intel chief warns China ‘working hard’ to prep Taiwan invasion”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Top US intelligence officials warned Tuesday that China is “working hard” to ​carry out a military takeover of Taiwan — and Beijing is closely watching Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to gauge the level of America’s potential opposition.

D​irector of National Intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers on the Senate Armed Services Committee that the threat to Taiwan is “acute.”

​“It’s our view that they [the Chinese] are working hard to effectively put themselves into a position in which their military is capable of taking Taiwan over our intervention,” Haines ​told the panel.

Haines and Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier added that the US still doesn’t know what the Chinese may have gleaned from President Vladimir Putin’s bloody invasion of Ukraine, in which Russian forces have been largely stymied by fierce resistance from the Kyiv government.

But Berrier said China was learning “some very interesting lessons” from the Ukraine war, including the need for effective military leadership, small unit tactics and training with appropriate weapons systems — as well as the necessity of a professional noncommissioned officer corps, which Russia lacks.

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