WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Wednesday he seriously doubted that ramped up Chinese military activities near the Taiwan Strait were a sign of an imminent invasion of the island by Beijing.
“We’ve seen increased aerial activity in the straits, we’ve seen increased surface vessel activity around Taiwan,” Austin said during a press conference alongside U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and their Japanese counterparts.
“But whether or not that means that an invasion is imminent, you know, I seriously doubt that,” Austin said.
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WNU Editor: I agree with U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s assessment that there is no evidence of an “imminent” Chinese invasion of Taiwan.