A high-level Navy official said Wednesday that the US should prepare for the possibility of China invading Taiwan as soon as this year.
“So when we talk about the 2027 window, in my mind, that has to be a 2022 window or potentially a 2023 window. I can’t rule it out,” said Adm. Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations.
The “2027 window” refers to a claim from retired Adm. Phil Davidson, the former head of US Indo-Pacific Command, who said last year he believes China could invade within six years. Gilday said he was prioritizing a “fight tonight” posture for the US Navy with respect to China and Russia.
Gilday said his assessment was based on comments Chinese President Xi Jinping made this week, although the Chinese leader only reiterated that he seeks “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan but won’t rule out the use of force.
“It’s not just what President Xi says, but it’s how the Chinese behave and what they do,” Gilday said. “What we’ve seen over the past 20 years is that they have delivered on every promise they’ve made earlier than they said they were going to deliver on it.”
While US officials are always warning that China is planning to invade Taiwan, Beijing has little interest in doing so as it would require the largest amphibious invasion in military history. If China chooses to take military action against Taiwan, it would likely initially opt for a blockade, which it simulated in unprecedented exercises around the island in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) visiting Taipei.
Gilday’s warning comes as the US is working to send massive amounts of weapons to Taiwan. While done in the name of deterrence, China’s actions and rhetoric make it clear that more US support for Taiwan will make Chinese military action more likely.
During his speech earlier this week, Xi also warned strongly against “interference” from outside forces, and other Chinese officials have explicitly warned that US support for Taiwan’s “independence forces” could lead to war.
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Another NEOCON warmonger!
China may indeed invade,whether the MIC likes it or not. Blockades are an act of war,by the way.
A blockade led to Japan attacking Pearl Harbor.
Really-in what universe? The US refused to sell scrap iron-but the 6th fleet did not surround Japan and stop their shipping.
The US knows how to provoke and become the poor victim, like in Ukraine, Tonkin, and now Taiwan.
The bully is always the poor victim.
So true! A bully is a bully, unless they have the MSM on their side.
Malcolm X: “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent.”
Another one of Malcolm’s truism.
Yes, could be repeating the same script as the lead-up to war in Ukraine with intention of provoking another proxy war.
They cut off their access to oil!
Yes,but that is not a blockade.
The MIC likes it, that is how they make their money. There is a need to provoke to make the other side look guilty.
General’s will sit on the boards of MIC companies or take million $$ lobbyists fees and commissions. They love wars, it is extremely lucrative for them.
The biggest global danger comes from the monstrous Biden administration. They are simply bad people, everyone of them.
Bottom Line? War is Big Business! The USA will sell just about anything to just about anybody…
Unless it’s Gaza, then breaking the blocked becomes a license to kill Americans and Europeans.
don’t get what your saying!
Taiwan (Formosa) is an integral part of China. China has every right to insist she returns to the Motherland. There is nothing the US can do except BORROW more money from China to provide arms to Taiwan. One day China may ask for the repayment of all the loans given to America Or payment for the bonds they hold.
It is for the people of Taiwan to determine if they are part of China-not you or me.
Taiwan’s constitution says it’s a part of China. Does that count?
There are tw Chinas,two Koreas,two Dakotas
There were also 2 Vietnams and two Germanies, all based on American politics.
Did you tell Biden it is not his business? He is the one in charge telling the Taiwanese what to do, NATO will go to fight China for them, he will sell the weapons and the Chinese on both sides are welcome to die for the American Industrial Complex. That is the deal, it could not be better.
Like it is for the people of Crimea to decide if they wish to be Russian?
If China dumps American securities held in their banks, well, it would not be pretty.
But it would be legal and non-violent.
It seems a bit tricky and certainly risky…
Only the USA have rights.
The war lovers never quit always looking for new places to test their weapons of death and destruction. Every time they start a fight,they get their ass kicked.China will not be any different.
But the profits add up, and that is all that counts for the characterless elite, the people are the losers, people like Biden are the war profiteers.
Clean, clear and concise Renate!
Money, give, NOW
Yes, this will happen right after WMD are found in Iraq.
They are under a Iroq…
I see what you did…hehehe
Now it is the Libya Viagra crap. As it goes, Russian soldiers are being given Viagra so as to encourage the soldiers to rape children. Also a variation of the babies taken from incubators.
I guess the young aren’t much of a turn on for the Russian Troop. Are we to believe that they need Viagra to do the kids, but the middle aged Russian housewife needs no artificial stimulation.??
Who comes up with this absurd crap…????? The same people who lost the Afghanistan war ??
High level Navy official: a galley cook on a refueling ship…
Good one! (Actually, an old LST)
So, we have these guys dreaming of a two front war. If they went to war college, didn’t they learn the folly of such an endeavor?
Why not hype it the fake threat up even more? This year? The invasion is happening TOMORROW! The American military is so infested with hawks its projections are laughable.
Biden wants that war too, so the Chinese prepare to defend themselves. There was no issue until Biden made it an issue with help of demented Nancy and som Republican congress people.
How crazy can the neocons get, are there any sane people left????
“Fight Tonight!” Wow, who thinks this garbage up? Let’s take it a step further… Nuclear War, anybody? China is behaving like an a-hole, without a doubt but our posture toward China should be a bit more temperate. Why are we miffed with Russia?… Well, the attitude of the US of A seems to be fight, fight, fight! Have you hugged your nukes today?! Further, we should state explicitly that we will keep Nancy Pelosi at home…
Should we put her on a leash? Is she a Pomeranean? China knows that they were once a great power,they know they have the momentum as we decay,they want our grain belt,and they are totalitarean,anti environmental and ruthless. They crush dissent in Hong Kong,plucked out Fetus’s from women in Tibet,occupy Tibet,and shot prisoners for their body parts. North Korean refugees had their noses wired all together and were sent back home. War is very scary,but capitulation won’t help.Oh-gain of function and Covid.
The Pomeranian question is still an open issue…
Pomeranians are smarter…
Actually, check out Pekineese breed-quite a resemblance.
The commander in chief should tell these asshole “officials” to keep their fucking mouths shut.
Yes, Blinken needs to shut this crap down, ASAP.
Trouble is, the “commander in chief” is also an asshole.
Oh yeah, just like the puppet government in Kabul was able to defeat the Taliban!!! But only in their DREAMS…..!!!!!
Must be budget time. Can’t have land warfare getting all the attention. I would think China would let things in Ukraine play out a little longer. They illustrate if nothing else, that war is uncertain. Plus with our new attack on the Chinese semiconductor industry we have provided China’s leaders with a convenient whipping boy to blame their societies problems on.
China will not invade. Its just watching the American empire die slowly. Admirals have done this scare every year since 1949 to boost budgets.
The US navy will be sunk before it can get close enough to the battle zone , they can send fighters but they won`t be able to get back for lack of fuel , the Chinese have already done the numbers their hyper sonic missiles will reach the US navy long before it can be effective , and as we all know without it`s air support the US army is all but useless.
With over 23M in population, how many are loyal mainlanders? I’m guessing over the years several million loyal party members have made their home on the island. Bottom-line is Taiwan has already been invaded and the turn over will most likely happen over night without a shot fired. Then, where we get out computer chips….. Checkmate!
Fortunately the Chief of Naval Operations has nothing to do with naval operations.
Taiwan is part of China. Even the US recognizes this and has done so since 1948. US policy has not changed wrt Taiwan and China. So China is not going to “invade” her own territory. US officials need to get a grip on reality.
If this is a real scenario as they claim, I’m kind of looking forward to this one. When you see the River, you either fold or go all in. To paraphrase a famous TV diplomat, all things are broken down to moments of transition and moments of revelation.
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