Date: Sep 26, 2015
By: William Lowther / Staff reporter, in Washington
An invasion of Taiwan would be a “daunting undertaking” for China, a new US Congressional report released on Thursday said.
Prepared by the Congressional Research Service (CRS), the 34-page report titled “The Chinese Military: Overview and Issues for Congress” was realeased as Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) arrived in Washington for talks with US President Barack Obama.
“Over the past two decades, the main focus of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military planning and short-term operational readiness has been a potential conflict over Taiwan,” the report said.
It said that China has vowed to unify with Taiwan, using force if necessary.
In an unusual footnote, the report said that Beijing “contends” that Taiwan is a province that was seized from it by Japan during a time of Chinese weakness and that Taiwan must eventually reunify with the mainland. [FULL STORY]