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Top US general shortens time frame for war with China to two years

Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum this week, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, focused on China as the No. 1 security threat to the United States and shortened the time frame for a potential war over Taiwan to two. year.

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Milley’s comments clearly reflect the discussion that is taking place in the highest military, intelligence and political echelons in Washington. Over the past decade, Obama, Trump and now Biden have successively raised the stakes in an increasingly reckless confrontation with China, aiming to prevent it from threatening US global hegemony.

Speaking of China, Milley lamented, “They want to challenge the so-called liberal rules-based order that came into effect in 1945 at the end of World War II. They want to review it.” But the slogan – the international rules-based order – refers to the post-war international framework set up by the US, in which it established the rules appropriate to its economic and strategic interests.

What worries Milley is that, because of the sheer size of its economy and its need for energy, raw materials and parts, China is coming into conflict with the world dominated by the US and its allies. Moreover, in order to compete economically, China has been forced to advance hi-tech industries that both Trump and Biden have tried to block.

Milley drew attention to US tensions with China over Taiwan, which were intensified by Trump and have quickly emerged under Biden. In March, the outgoing head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral Phil Davidson, warned of the potential for war with China within six years.

Milley said he does not expect Chinese military action over Taiwan in the next two years, which only suggests that the US military is preparing for war in the near term. He added: “Having said that, 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.”

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