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China likely won’t attempt to take Taiwan militarily in the near future, top US general

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark A. Milley of the United States Army, answers questions during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on “Ending the U.S. Military Mission in Afghanistan” at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, U.S., on Sept 29. 2021. Rod Lamkey/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Reuters) – China is unlikely to attempt to take Taiwan militarily in the coming years, even as its military develops capabilities that would allow it to forcibly retake the self-ruled island, the top US general said on Wednesday.

“Based on my analysis of China, I don’t think it’s likely in the near future — defined as, you know, six, 12, maybe 24 months, that kind of window,” General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Aspen Security Forum when asked if China was preparing to make a move against Taiwan in the near future.

However, that said, the Chinese are clearly and unequivocally building the ability to provide those options to the national leadership if they want to at some point in the future. But in the near future? Probably not. But anything can happen. .”

Reporting by Phil Stewart

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