The U.S. military plans a ‘Hellscape’ to deter China from attacking Taiwan

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from The Washington Post,

But a top U.S. military commander for Asia says time is running out to put the plan in place.

President Xi Jinping has called on China’s People’s Liberation Army to be ready to take Taiwan by force by 2027.

China’s likely strategy is to overwhelm Taiwan with a massive attack with little warning, Paparo said. Xi doesn’t want to repeat Russian President Vladimir Putin’s mistake in Ukraine in 2022, when Russia’s initial full-scale invasion failed and devolved into a long war of attrition.

The United States, together with regional partners, must ensure a Chinese invasion can’t succeed. That plan hinges on quickly building and deploying thousands of new drones that would swarm the Taiwan Strait and keep China’s military busy until more help can arrive, according to the top U.S. military official in the Pacific. But time is running out to turn these plans into a reality.

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