The Beijing regime is putting more and more pressure on Taiwan, as it considers the autonomous island part of its territory and appears more than willing to take it by force if it does not submit to Communist rule. To many observers, the CCP's takeover is more a debate about "when" than a question of "if."
Earlier this year the head of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM), U.S. Adm. Philip Davidson, determined that the CCP is accelerating its plans to invade Taiwan within the next six years. John Mills, former director of cybersecurity policy, strategy, and international affairs at the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Defense, made a bolder prediction: a preliminary attack could occur within the next two years, he said, followed by the potential for a full-scale invasion within the next three.
While speaking at the Aspen Security Forum on November 3, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that "based on my analysis of China, I think that it is likely in the near future – being defined as six, 12, maybe 24 months, that kind of window."
Brigadier General Don Bolduc (USA-Ret.) sees an invasion happening sooner rather than later.
"It is likely a military attack to take over Taiwan will occur within two years," he tells American Family News – then explains his prediction: "Why would they risk another administration in Washington – [a potentially conservative] one that would surely draw the line [on the Chinese regime's invasion of Taiwan]?"
Recent news reports have made it clear that the Chinese regime is rapidly escalating its nuclear missile capabilities, a move that includes the alleged recent development of a hypersonic missile.
According to an Epoch Times report, the number of new long-range missile silos in China may have surpassed 250 – and the recent news of the country's possible test of a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile has heightened the concerns of many. Robert Wood, U.S. disarmament ambassador, recently admitted that a hypersonic missile is not something the U.S. is prepared to defend itself against.
The retired Army general, who is currently vying for a U.S. Senate seat in New Hampshire, admits he is "very concerned" about America's nuclear arsenal and missile defense capabilities. He contends the U.S. needs to be more active in modernizing both its offensive and defensive weaponry – and argues that the U.S. may not have enough capability to "give pause" to the CCP.
CCP's objectives: Grab Taiwan, break America
According to Bolduc, Beijing is preparing itself to use everything within its disposal to go against the United States and Taiwan - "[and] it appears they are thinking this can only be done effectively through the use of nuclear weapons," he warns.
As the Chinese continue their quest to control the world, the former Army officer says, "they want to break America in the process" – adding they are using "an economic plan, as well as a very solid military plan" to make it happen.
"They're ahead of the U.S. in missile defense, and they're ahead of the U.S. in nuclear capabilities," Bolduc emphasizes.
He lays some of the blame for China's military might at the feet of the United States. "The debt they own on the United States, and the interest that is being paid [by the U.S.], is paying for their military," Bolduc points out.
And while Beijing gets the money it needs to increase its military footprint around the world, the U.S. – says Bolduc – "has proven itself to be weak in Afghanistan, for example – and [the CCP knows] it's not going to get any pushback from the Biden administration."