The risk of a Sino-Taiwanese conflict is growing and will continue to


During part of an interview with CBS News that aired on Monday’s edition of “CBS Evening News”, CIA Director William Burns said that according to the CIA’s assessment, due of Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s instructions to his army to prepare to invade Taiwan by no later than 2027, the further into the 2020s the “risks of a potential conflict increase” between Taiwan and China.

Burns said that while “Xi is watching what is happening in Ukraine like a hawk”, Xi was “sobered, to some extent” by the poor performance of the Russian military in the war in Ukraine, and that “might” calm Xi’s ambitions with regard to Taiwan, “Xi insists today that, although he is firmly committed to unification – in other words, to achieving control of Taiwan – his preference is to seek ways to achieve this without the use of force. But he also asked his army, we know, to prepare, no later than 2027, for a successful invasion of Taiwan. So the The reality, at least as we see it, is that the further you go into this decade, the greater the chances of potential conflict.

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