China threat to Taiwan 'closer than most think': US admiral

Washington (AFP) – The Chinese threat to invade Taiwan is serious and more imminent than many understand, the US admiral chosen to lead the Pentagon’s Indo-Pacific region said Tuesday. China considers recovering control over Taiwan its “number-one priority,” Admiral John Aquilino, nominated to become commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “The rejuvenation of the Chinese Communist Party is at stake” with the Taiwan issue, he said. Aquilino disagreed with outgoing Indo-Pacom commander Admiral Philip Davidson’s recent comments that China could attempt…

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