China Plans to Invade Taiwan by 2020

China Plans to Invade Taiwan by 2020
According to a new book, China has put together a plan to invade Taiwan sometime between now and the year 2020, which will likely lead to a broader war with the U.S.

According to The Washington Free Beacon, China has drawn up a secret plan to invade Taiwan sometime between now and the year 2020—an action that likely would lead to a broader conflict with the U.S.

The report, published Tuesday, states:

The secret war plan drawn up by the People's Liberation Army (PLA), the Chinese Communist Party's armed forces, calls for massive missile attacks on the island, along with a naval and air blockade that is followed by amphibious beach landing assaults using up to 400,000 troops.

The plans and operations are outlined in a new book published this week, The Chinese Invasion Threat by Ian Easton, a China affairs analyst with the Project 2049 Institute, a think tank.

The danger of a Taiwan conflict has grown in recent years even as current tensions between Washington and Beijing are mainly the result of U.S. opposition to Chinese militarization in the South China Sea and China's covert support of North Korea's nuclear and missile programs.

"Of all the powder kegs out there, the potential for a war over Taiwan is by far the largest and most explosive," the 290-page book states, adding that the growing likelihood of a war over Taiwan will dominate worries within the Pentagon for years to come.

"China has made clear that its primary external objective is attaining the ability to apply overwhelming force against Taiwan during a conflict, and if necessary destroy American-led coalition forces," the books says.

Taiwan, which officially goes by the name Republic of China, poses a threat to the Communist Party’s rule on the mainland because of its success under a capitalist, democratic form of government. Just last week, its new premier, William Lai Ching-te, became the first Taiwanese leader to declare the island is an independent, sovereign state.

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