Ukraine crisis forces China to rethink Taiwan: CIA chief

Jul 22, 2022 5:49 PM STI

Washington [US]Jul 22 (ANI): The head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has warned that China appears determined to use force in Taiwan, but Russia’s experience in Ukraine has affected Beijing’s calculations on when and how. manner – rather than whether to invade.
CIA Director William Burns said China probably saw in Ukraine that “you don’t win quick, decisive victories with disappointing strength,” Al Jazeera reported.
China repeatedly asserts that Taiwan is part of its territory and does not rule out using force to take control of the island.
Speaking at the Aspen Security Forum, Burns said China was ‘disturbed’ over Russia’s five-month war in Ukraine, which he called a ‘strategic failure’ for the president Vladimir Putin because he had hoped to overthrow the Kyiv government. within a week.
“Our feeling is that it probably affects less whether Chinese leaders might choose in a few years to use force to control Taiwan, but how and when they would,” Burns said, as quoted by Al Jazeera.
The CIA director’s comments came amid ongoing tension between Washington and Beijing over a host of issues including trade and Taiwan, as US President Joe Biden revealed plans for a call with President Xi Jinping – the first between the two leaders in four months.

“I think I will talk to President Xi in the next 10 days,” US President Joe Biden told reporters after returning from Massachusetts.
The United States calls China the main strategic rival and says high-level engagement is important to keep the difficult relationship stable and prevent it from inadvertently descending into conflict.
Earlier, Biden said the US military believed it was not a “good idea” for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to travel to Taiwan as planned.
Meanwhile, China has warned against Pelosi’s upcoming visit to Taiwan next month, saying it will act firmly and take countermeasures if the US side insists on continuing the visit.
Burns played down speculation that Xi could intervene in Taiwan after a key Communist Party meeting later this year, but said the risks “become higher, it seems to us, the further we go into this decade,” according to Al Jazeera.
“I would not underestimate President Xi’s determination to assert China’s control” over Taiwan, he said.
Speaking to Burns at the forum in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Chinese Ambassador to the United States Qin Gang said Beijing still prefers “peaceful reunification” but he accused the United States of supporting the “independence” forces in Taiwan. (ANI)

Christi C. Elwood