The US is highlighting its ability to defend Taiwan in case it seeks help in the face of a Chinese offensive

United States Chief of Staff General Mark Milley noted that the US Army could “absolutely” defend Taiwan if the island sought help in the face of an offensive launched by China.

However, Milley himself has admitted that the Xi Jinping government is unlikely to attempt to occupy Taiwan in the next 24 months, even though the US armed forces “absolutely have the ability” to defend Taipei in this case.

“(China) is clearly building the capacity to offer national leaders these options if they so choose at some point in the future,” Milley lamented during an interview with NBC News.

The US is highlighting its ability to defend Taiwan in case it seeks help in the face of a Chinese offensive
The US is highlighting its ability to defend Taiwan in case it seeks help in the face of a Chinese offensive

With this, the chief of the US chiefs of staff recognized Beijing’s progress in military matters, on which the Department of Defense itself presented a report on Wednesday.

This interview takes place at a time when Washington-Beijing relations are going through a period of tension attributable to the Chinese air strikes on Taiwan – which they consider their territory – for which the United States is showing its commitment to the island have underlined.

At the end of October, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing Wen admitted that threats from Beijing are increasing and that US Army instructors are present on the island.

In addition, the Pentagon is watching with concern as the Chinese Army is strengthening and increasing its capacities, particularly with regard to ICBMs.

Milley himself expressed his concern in this regard weeks ago and said it could be “very close” to a “Sputnik moment” – alluding to the launch of the Soviet satellite in 1957, which marked its lead in the “space race” – while he is now signaling has that the world has “seen one of the greatest shifts in global geostrategic power”.

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