The US Air Mobility Command warned of a possible war with the Xi Jinping regime by 2025
General Mike Minihan explained that the presidential election in Taiwan next year would give China a pretext for military aggression, while Washington would be distracted by its own electoral race for the White House
< /p>The US Air Mobility Command has warned of a possible war with the Xi Jinping regime by 2025. (TWITTER)
A four-star general in the United States Air Force United States warned that there is a possibility of a conflict with China within two years (2025) – most likely over Taiwan – and urged its commanders to push their units towards maximum operational readiness for a battle that year.
In an internal memo first made public on social media on Friday and later confirmed as genuine by the Pentagon, the leader of Command Air Mobility General Mike Minihan said that the main objective should be to deter “and, if necessary, defeat” China.
< p class="paragraph">“I hope I'm wrong. My gut tells me we'll be in combat by 2025″, Minihan said.
Minihan explained that the presidential elections in Taiwan next year would give the Xi Jinping regime a pretext for military aggression, while the United States would be distracted by its own electoral race for the White House.
“Xin team, motive and opportunity align in 2025″, he added.
The memo also calls for all Mobile Command personnel to go to the firing range, “shoot a carrier” at the target and “aim for the head”.
Via email, a Pentagon spokesman responded to an AFP request for comment on the memo: “Yes, it is a fact that he sent that ”.
< /p>The memo also calls on all Mobile Command personnel to go to the firing range, “shoot a magazine” at the target and “aim for the head.” (AFP)
The memo, first reported on Friday by NBC News, is dated February 1, which is still days away, and was distributed to Minihan's subordinate commanders, reported The Washington Post.
A US defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said Minihan's comments “are not representative of the department's view on China,” according to statements collected by the aforementioned media.
The Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin, assured on January 11 during a press conference together with Japanese officials that the United States had observed “very provocative behavior” by Chinese forces in an attempt to promote international standards. But he also downplayed concerns that China could launch an attack on Taiwan any time soon.
Senior US officials have said in recent months that China seems to be rushing the time frame to take control of Taiwan, a self-governing democracy claimed as its own territory by Beijing
China carried out major military exercises in August last year, which were perceived as a invasion rehearsal after the defiant solidarity visit to Taipei by Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi >.
< /p>China carried out major military exercises in August last year, which were perceived as an invasion rehearsal after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's defiant solidarity visit to Taipei. (REUTERS)
The United States switched recognition of Taipei to Beijing in 1979, but sells Taiwan arms to defend itself.
A growing number of US lawmakers have called for increased assistance, including sending military aid directly to Taiwan, noting that the Russian invasion of Ukraine necessitates early preparation.
(With information from AFP and The Washington Post)