Taiwan must ‘fortify’ against attack: US

ATTACK UNLIKELY: China would become ‘pariahs internationally for just the wanton destruction of Taiwan’ and would have little to gain from it, Trump’s security adviser said

Tai0pei Times
Date: Oct 18, 2020
By: AFP, Washington

US National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien speaks during a news conference on Aug. 13 at the White House in Washington.
Photo: AFP

A top White House official on Friday urged Taiwan to build up its military capabilities to protect against a possible invasion by China, saying that Beijing would have that ability in 10 to 15 years.

US President Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien told the Aspen Security Forum that a missile attack by China against Taiwan would be much too destructive.

An amphibious attack is a possibility, although at the moment it is beyond China’s capability, he said.

However, China could combine that threat with “gray zone” operations, embargoes, harassment and other actions to intimidate the nation if Taipei does not build up its defense, O’Brien said.

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