There are no signs that China is preparing to launch an invasion of Taiwan, which is supported by the United States, within the next 12-24 months, writes Popular Mechanics, referring to the statement made by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, US Army General Mark Milley, during a speech to Congress.
However, according to the military, Beijing can do this by 2027, when the People’s Liberation Army of China turns one hundred years old. According to the general, Beijing continues to consistently increase its land, air, and naval forces, the purpose of which is to prepare for an offensive on the island.
Popular Mechanics predicts that the battle for Taiwan may begin not in 2027, but 2035. According to the publication, by this time Beijing will be more prepared for conducting military operations, in particular for landing through the strait separating the mainland and the peninsula.
In April, the South China Morning Post newspaper, referring to the conclusions of interviewed analysts, wrote that to defeat China in the event of a war for Taiwan, the United States will have to use about 80 percent of its naval and air power. Thus, the newspaper commented on the command and staff games of the US Air Force, the result of which, as Defense News wrote in the same month, “was the victory of the United States, where the US Air Force helped repel the Chinese military in the seizure of Taiwan.”