US Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan warned his commanders that he expected war with China in 2025. US Republican McCaul shares the fears, but hopes things will turn out differently. US Democrat Smith disagrees with both. He is certain that a military conflict is unlikely.
US Air Force General Mike Minihan said Friday that he expects war with China in 2025. This is reported by the US news portal “NBC News”. Accordingly, the US general wrote a memo to his commanders and told them to prepare for a war with China within two years because the conflict was imminent. That’s what his gut feeling tells him.
US Congressman Michael McCaul (Republican) has now told the conservative US medium “FOX News” that he agrees with the US general’s fears. “I hope he’s wrong. But I fear he will be right,” McCaul told the US broadcaster.
He explained that China’s interest in “reuniting” Taiwan with China is very high and could be achieved by influencing Taiwan’s elections in early 2024. “But if they don’t win these elections, I think they will consider a military invasion. We have to be prepared for that,” McCaul said.
Also a guest on the “FOX News” program was the US politician Adam Smith (Democrat). He sits in the Washington House of Representatives and is the senior member of the House Armed Services Committee. Smith disagrees with McCaul: In his eyes, a possible war with China is not only not inevitable but also highly unlikely.
Smith admitted that the US military should be prepared for anything. However, he urges US generals to be very careful about what they say. They shouldn’t tell the world that the US is going to war with China when they aren’t.
Smith concedes that the US must be able to deter China. However, he is certain that a military conflict can be avoided.