‘PRECISION STRIKES’:Taiwan continues to be China’s focus, but a large-scale invasion is unlikely in favor of airstrikes aimed to degrade defenses and resolve, the report said
Date: May 04, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA, WASHINGTON
China could use force to push Taiwan into unification or into unification dialogue, the
Pentagon said in its annual military report on China issued on Thursday.
In the report submitted to the US Congress, the Pentagon said that China is likely to pursue a measured approach by demonstrating its readiness to use force or take punitive actions against Taiwan.
“The PLA [Chinese People’s Liberation Army] could also conduct a more comprehensive campaign designed to force Taiwan to capitulate to unification, or unification dialogue, under China’s terms,” the report said.
Taiwan remains the PLA’s main strategic direction and serves as one of the geographic areas Beijing identifies as having strategic importance, it said. [FULL STORY]