China Could Invade Taiwan Within Six Years, Top United States Commander Warns

China could invade Taiwan in the next six years, a top United States commander warned on March 9 during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Navy Admiral Philip Davidson of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said that he is worried that China is “accelerating their ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order… by 2050.”

“Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions before that. And I think the threat is manifest during this decade, in fact, in the next six years,” Davidson said.

Taiwan separated from China in 1949 when the civil war ended. However, Taiwan continues to be under the threat of invasion by China whose leaders claim Taiwan as their territory.

Davidson’s remarks came a few days after Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned the U.S. that China’s claim to Taiwan is an “insurmountable red line.”

During an annual press conference at the National People’s Congress last March 7, Wang called for the U.S. “to fully understand the high sensitivity of the Taiwan issue” and to “completely change the previous dangerous practices of ‘crossing the line’ and ‘playing with fire.'”

Last January, the U.S. State Department said that it was concerned over China’s attempts to intimidate its neighbors, including Taiwan.

“We urge Beijing to cease its military, diplomatic, and economic pressure against Taiwan and instead engage in meaningful dialogue with Taiwan’s democratically elected representatives,” the State Department said in a statement, adding that its commitment to Taiwan is “rock-solid.”

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