The general Mark Milley, head of the US Joint Chiefs of Staffpointed out that China would commit a “serious strategic error” if he attempted to carry out an attack on Taiwan. The senior military official’s statements come at a time when tensions between Washington and Beijing in the Indo-Pacific region have reached worrying levels.
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During an interview with the American media cnn, Milley responded forcefully when asked if the United States could repel a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.: “It is totally possible”. These words underscore the United States’ commitment to the defense of Taiwan and its strong support for the island in the event of an external threat.
General Milley also emphasized that The United States remains committed to the Taiwan Relations Act and seeks a peaceful resolution between the island and the People’s Republic of China. Its objective is to avoid any armed conflict and promote understanding between both parties.
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However, Milley warned about the complexity of a possible attack on Taiwan by Beijing, noting that it would be an extremely difficult military operation to carry out. “Attacking and taking over the island is a very, very high bar. It is the most complex of all operations to perform.”, stated the general. He also stressed that, in his opinion, China does not yet have the necessary military capacity to carry out such an operation.
The Chinese president, Xi Jinping has publicly urged the Chinese armed forces to develop capacity for an eventual operation in Taiwan by 2027.. However, Milley emphasized that this does not mean that China has made the decision to carry out such an attack, but rather that it seeks to have the capability in the future.
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Despite China’s military aspirations to modernize its military, the United States does not plan to be left behind. Milley stressed the importance of deterrence and the need to avoid armed conflict: “We don’t want a war between great powers,” he said.
As China seeks to surpass the military capabilities of the United States in the coming decades, Milley emphasized that The United States will continue to modernize and adapt to changing global dynamics. Peace through force and diplomacy remain the key objectives to avoid open conflict.
General Mark Milley’s remarks highlight the United States’ strong stance on Taiwan’s security and its determination to maintain stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The call for deterrence and the search for a resolution are the main guidelines of North American policy in this delicate situation.