American magazine: The possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan will not resemble the conflict in Ukraine

American magazine: The possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan will not resemble the conflict in Ukraine
American magazine: The possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan will not resemble the conflict in Ukraine
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Since the start of the war in Ukraine, a growing number of US officials have emphasized the urgency of deterring alleged Chinese military action against Taiwan, with the US Secretary of State warning that Beijing may intend to take control of the island “within a much faster timeline” than previously thought. Previously.

The magazine said that despite these warnings, the US administration – especially after Biden pledged to defend Taipei against any military action – did not devote sufficient attention to the current approach to deterrence, which is increasing significantly by Beijing.

The magazine stated that years ago, Taiwan had been preparing for a conventional war with China, according to which it obtained huge military equipment from the United States, such as “Abrams” tanks and “F-16” aircraft, noting that Taipei, on the other hand, could not match China during a confrontation. direct military.

She added that since Biden’s announcement regarding the defense of Taiwan, the US administration has not yet taken the sufficient and necessary steps to put military resources in their proper place and increase its ability to resupply those resources in anticipation of a military scenario with China.

She said a “Chinese invasion” of Taiwan would not resemble the conflict in Ukraine, where Washington and its Western allies managed to impose economic sanctions and provide Kyiv with increasingly powerful weapons over several months.

She added that if Washington defended Taipei without sufficient planning, the result could be “truly catastrophic”.

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With the prospect of a “historically destructive conflict” looming on the horizon, ensuring effective deterrence is the most important and by far the most urgent challenge to US national security in Asia.

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The magazine pointed out that, given the growing threat of invasion, deterring China will require a significantly proactive approach, saying that the strategy begins with Taiwan, which must redesign the way its forces are organized, armed, and deployed so that it can deny Beijing a quick victory.

At the same time, she added, Washington needs to develop its own policy, with the aim of assuring that “direct military support is available to Taiwan now and that it will be enhanced if an invasion occurs.”

The magazine also warned that “the failure of the Biden administration to deter Russia before invading Ukraine should not be repeated in the Taiwan crisis.”

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