There is a new warning coming from a top United States Navy Admiral that indicates that China could very well invade Taiwan a whole lot sooner than was previously thought. The warning adds that the country of China almost always does exactly what they say they are going to do, and it is usually sooner than it was expected.
Admiral Mike Gilday, Chief of Naval Operations, gave the dire warning while he was speaking at the Atlantic Council’s Forward Defense’s Commander’s Series on Wednesday. His comments come right after the historic Chinese Communist Party’s 20th Party Congress.
At this congress, Chinese President Xi Jinping issued an intense warning against Taiwan and he was given another term of full political control of China.
“When we talk about the 2027 window, in my mind that has to be a 2022 window or potentially a 2023 window,” Gilday said. “I can’t rule that out. I don’t mean at all to be alarmist by saying that, it’s just that we can’t wish that away.”
It was just a few weeks ago that President Xi spoke with intensity against Taiwan. He challenged that Taiwan and China reunify and then he claimed that his nation was willing to use force to make it happen. President Xi said that they would reserve the option of taking all measures necessary.
“The wheels of history are rolling on towards China’s reunification and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation,” Xi said in his opening address at the party congress. “Complete reunification of our country must be realized.”
The Navy admiral indicated that he is prioritizing making sure that the ships the Navy is fielding today are as ready as they can possibly be He also said that Congress is right now considering a $27.5 billion shipbuilding budget.
Gilday said that over the past 20 years, China has delivered on every promise they have made earlier than it said they were going to deliver on it.