Ukraine making China rethink when to invade Taiwan
On Wednesday, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) indicated that China appeared poised to use force in Taiwan, with Russia’s experience in Ukraine influencing Beijing’s calculations on how, not whether, to invade (Jul 20).
William Burns, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), spoke at the Aspen Security Forum, where he batted down rumors that Chinese President Xi Jinping would invade Taiwan during a crucial Communist Party gathering later this year.
“The risks of it becoming bigger, it appears to us,” Burns remarked as the decade progressed.
As a result of Russia’s five-month-old conflict in Ukraine, China was claimed to be “unsettled,” according to Burns, who called it a “strategic failure” for President Vladimir Putin.
Chinese officials may use force against Taiwan at some point in the future, but how and when they choose to do so may not be as important as the question of whether they would use force, says Burns.
He claimed that China may have learned from Ukraine that “you don’t gain rapid, decisive triumphs with lackluster power,” according to the report.
Chinese authorities and military officials may be learning that if they want to consider such an attack in the future, they must first gather an overwhelming force.
Chinese officials may have also learned that they must “manage the information arena” and take every precaution against the threat of sanctions,” he said.
Despite Russia’s rhetoric, the United States does not believe that Beijing is providing military help to Russia, according to Burns, in accordance with earlier US assessments
According to him, China has increased its purchases of Russian energy, but appears to be careful not to incur Western sanctions.
Taiwan, which is governed by its own government, is considered part of Chinese territory and is due for reunification, even if it means using force.
After losing the civil war on the mainland, China’s vanquished nationalists fled to Taiwan in 1949. Since then, Taiwan has flourished into a thriving democracy and a leading technological force.