(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – The new Republican chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michal McCaul (R-TX), has warned a war may erupt between the United States and China because President Joe Biden projects “weakness.”
McCaul’s comments come after a US Air Force general sent a memo directing officers to prepare for a war with Communist China in 2025.
“I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025,” Gen. Mike Minihan, who heads the Air Mobility Command, wrote to his subordinates in the document obtained by NBC News.
Minihan directed them to create “a fortified, ready, integrated, and agile Joint Force Maneuver Team ready to fight and win inside the first island chain” off China’s coast.
His command has almost 50,000 personnel and 500 planes and is in charge of refueling and transport.
He predicted China’s leader Xi Jinping would move to seize Taiwan, the self-ruling island claimed by Beijing and an informal US ally, because both America and Taiwan would be “distracted” by presidential votes in 2024.
Asked by Fox News Sunday to comment on the general’s forecast, US Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas agreed with it but blamed the prospect of a US-China war on President Joe Biden.
“I hope he’s wrong as well. I think he’s right, though, unfortunately,” said the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
“I think China is looking at the reunification of Taiwan, that’s how they called it. There are several ways to do that. The one is to influence the [Taiwanese] election that will take place a year from today,” he added.
He said Beijing would attempt to sway Taiwan like it did Hong Kong – “without firing a shot” – but if that didn’t work, it would resort to a “military invasion.”
“We have to be prepared for this. It could happen. I think as long as Biden is an in-office projecting weakness as he did with Afghanistan that led to Putin invading Ukraine that the odds are very high, we could see a conflict with China and Taiwan 10 the Indo-Pacific,” the senior Republican lawmaker said.
Another US congressman interviewed on Fox News Sunday disagreed with both Minihan and McCaul that a war with Communist China was coming.
According to Democrat US Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, it is not likely at all that a US-China war could erupt shortly.
“I want to be completely clear. It’s not only not inevitable, it’s highly unlikely,” Smith said.
He added that while the US military should always be prepared as “anything is possible,” “generals should be very cautious” with their words.
The Democrat declared that they shouldn’t be “telling the world” America would go to war with China “most importantly because we’re not.”
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) said the possibility of war between China and Taiwan is “very high.” https://t.co/1hJiWW7AKg
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