The commander of US forces in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Admiral Philip Davidson, issued warnings that “China may invade the island of Taiwan within six years.”
He indicated that this may happen to China to achieve its declared goal of replacing the United States as the largest military power in the region.
“I fear that they (the Chinese) are going to accelerate their project aimed at replacing the United States by the year 2050,” the leader of “Indopam” said during a hearing before a committee in the US Senate, expressing his “fear that Beijing wants to achieve this goal at an early date.” “.
Philip Davidson added: “It is clear that Taiwan is part of their ambitions, and I think the threat is obvious in the next decade, and indeed in the next six years,” noting that “China also has ambitions in the South China Sea (including in the regions of It is controlled by Vietnam and the Philippines), in the East China Sea (the Senkaku Islands controlled by Japan), and in the Himalayas (in areas under Indian control).
The American Admiral warned that the Chinese threat also threatens Guam, the American island in the Pacific Ocean, noting that “Guam is a target (China) today,” where he stated that “the Chinese army published a propaganda video last year showing Chinese pilots attacking the base Military forces on this island located 2,500 km east of the Philippines. “
Speaking about the means of confrontation, the US military commander called on the senators to agree to the US military deploying in Guam a battery of anti-missile “Aegis Assyria” of the latest generation, saying that “it (Guam) must be defended and prepared for future threats.” It seems clear to him that “Guam is no longer just a place where Americans think they can fight … it is a place they must fight for.”
Admiral Davidson urged senators to “include in the military budget for 2022 offensive weapons, so that the Chinese know that the cost of what they are trying to do is too high, and make them doubt their chances of success.”
China considers Taiwan a dependent province, and the Taiwan government is moving on the island towards declaring independence, but Taiwanese President Tsai-Ing-wen has repeatedly said that her country is an “independent country called the Republic of China.”
Source: “AFP” + “Reuters”