In a pivot from previous predictions that communist China could soon attack Taiwan, U.S. intelligence officials now say they believe Beijing will place potential invasion plans on indefinite hold while keeping an eye on world events.
The about-face was evident this week on Capitol Hill, when top intelligence directors said Beijing will pause its plans while watching Russia’s progress in the war against Ukraine.
“Thus far, the [Intelligence Community] does not assess that the Russia-Ukraine crisis is likely to accelerate [China’s] plan vis-a-vis Taiwan,” said Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines in testimony Tuesday to the Senate Armed Service Committee.
Haines and Defense Intelligence Agency chief Lt. Gen. Scott Berrier sat before lawmakers who are clearly concerned about Chinese posturing and military advancements.
“The Chinese threat is beyond anything we ever dealt with before,” Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) said in his opening statement. Noting the rise in China’s military capabilities,
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