U.S. Says China Wants Peaceful Unification with Taiwan, But Keeps Military Option Open

U.S. says China prioritizes taking over Taiwan in a peaceful manner, but also prepares for a scenario where its military could prevail even if there is intervention from the United States.

China, which recognizes Taiwan as part of its own territory, has never refused the possibility of using force for unification.

Taiwan has no diplomatic ties with the United States, like most countries, but it is the island’s most important international supporter and arms supplier, despite Beijing’s protests.

The U.S. thinks China is working to put itself in a position where their army is capable of taking over Taiwan even if the U.S. intervenes. It is also considered that China may be taking lessons from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and international response to it.

However, it is not likely that the war in Ukraine will accelerate China’s plans on Taiwan. Using military force on Taiwan is not Beijing’s top choice and they would rather do it peacefully over time, according to U.S. officials.

U.S. officials have worked with allies in the Indo-Pacific and Taiwan’s leadership to understand what this conflict has been, about what lessons they can learn and where they should be focusing their funds on defense and their training.

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