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US general warns of potential conflict with China in 2025

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  • General Mike Minihan, head of the Air Mobility Command, said he believes there could be a fight with China “in 2025.”
  • Mike McCaul of the House Foreign Affairs Committee also thinks there could be potential conflict over China’s claims over Taiwan.
  • A Pentagon official clarified that the general’s statements were “not representative of the department’s view on China.”

A U.S. general raised the warning of a potential conflict between the U.S. and China in the next two years. His statement was echoed by a top GOP House member, who agreed that the odds of such conflict arising over Taiwan “are very high.”

General Mike Minihan, head of the Air Mobility Command, wrote a memo to the leadership of its nearly 110,000 members: “My gut tells me we will fight in 2025.” The memo was dated Feb. 1 but was released on Friday.

While the general’s views do not represent the Pentagon, it shows concern from the highest levels of the U.S. military. The warnings come as China is expected to attempt to exert control over Taiwan.

Minihan said that China could view the 2024 presidential elections for both the U.S. and Taiwan as an opportunity to take military action.

Mike McCaul, the new chief of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Fox News on Sunday, “I hope he is wrong. … I think he is right though.”

McCaul said that China could “look at a military invasion” if they fail to take over Taiwan without bloodshed. He added, “We have to be prepared for this.”

McCaul pointed out that U.S. President Joe Biden’s decision to pull out from Afghanistan and the disaster that happened afterward showed weakness that increases the possibility of conflict with China.

He said, “The odds are very high that we could see a conflict with China and Taiwan and the Indo Pacific.”

Meanwhile, Democrat Rep. Adam Smith of the House Armed Services Committee disagrees. On Sunday, he acknowledged that while there is “a very dangerous situation in China,” war is “not only not inevitable, it is highly unlikely.” He told Fox News, “I think generals need to be very cautious about saying we’re going to war.”

Smith suggested that the U.S. needs to take steps to deter China from initiating conflict against Taiwan, but added that he’s “fully confident we can avoid that conflict if we take the right approach.”

Earlier this month, U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin voiced serious doubts that China ramped up its military activities near the Taiwan Strait to signal an upcoming invasion.

On Saturday, a Pentagon official said that the general’s statements were “not representative of the department’s view on China.”

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. CharlieSeattle

    January 30, 2023 at 6:10 pm

    Somehow, even with outspending Russia and Communist China combined. the US is whining about not being prepared.
    Soo? Setting the Afghanistan F#@K UP aside, how the F#@K was all that money misused the last 20 years?

    Fake Generals Milley and Austin III and all WOKE implementors they appointed must be hung for treason!

  2. John J

    January 31, 2023 at 6:51 am

    Yeah, by that time Brain dead Biden will have given ALL of our needed military equipment to Ukarne

  3. Joe Buckstrap

    January 31, 2023 at 7:13 am

    These warmongers have no compunction about misusing public funds to support Nazis with Hollywood makeovers in Ukraine and will lie up and down to manufacture new conflicts. The simple truth is while the Washington cesspool poured unaccounted $ trillions down the Pentagon crapper, Chy-na was investing in infrastructure and trade deals abroad, building its trading partners infrastructures while Washington was out on bombing sprees illegally invading and destroying weaker sovereign states based on lies. Washington could have had a good neighbor policy and improved the lives of Main Street, but the opposite is always the case because the US is not a democracy. We barely have the simulacrum of democracy. Numerous academic studies have shown that the US is an autocratic hereditary oligarchic kleptocracy with unlimited political bribery. The Washington cesspool institutionalizes corruption. It’s an endless cycle of waste, lining their own pockets with kickbacks and criminals “investigating” criminals that is at war on Main St.

    • Sandra

      February 2, 2023 at 1:55 am

      There are many who do not agree with America helping Ukraine fight the Russians so why should America fight for Taiwan. The way it is now is that America IS arming Ukraine fight Russia. So at the end of the day the same people who supported Ukraine will support Taiwan. This is the analogy for wars in now and the future. Don’t want a war don’t vote for the Democrats.
      They are unashamedly war mongers.

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