CHINA could invade US ally Taiwan within six years, risking global conflict, according to a top American admiral.
The warning was made by Admiral Philip Davidson who holds the US Indo-Pacific command. Beijing refuses to accept the sovereignty of Taiwan, an island nation of 23 million, which it regards as part of its territory.
Senior Chinese officials have previously warned force could be used to capture the contested island.
Appearing before a US Senate committee Admiral Davidson warned China is aiming to replace America as the world’s dominant power.
He said: “I worry that they’re accelerating their ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order by 2050.
“Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions before that.
“Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions before that”
The warning was delivered by Admiral Philip Davidson
“I think the threat is manifest during this decade, in fact, in the next six years.”
Last week China increased its military spending budget for 2021 to $209 billion (£151 billion).
Taiwan, formally the Republic of China, is controlled by the losing anti-communist faction from the 1927-49 Chinese civil war.
In the 1970s the US officially recognised the Beijing based People’s Republic, rather than Taiwan, as the legitimate Chinese government.
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