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PLA seen seeking to limit US protection of Taiwan

ATTACK SCENARIOS:An analyst for the US Air Force and one from the US Navy outlined Washington’s view of current Chinese military thinking at a hearing

By William Lowther  /  Staff reporter IN WASHINGTON

Karotkin said the PRC viewed unification with Taiwan as an “immutable long-term” goal and hoped to prevent the US from intervening in a Taiwan scenario.

“While Taiwan remains a top-tier priority, the PLA is simultaneously focusing resources on a growing array of potential challenges,” he said.

“In the event of a crisis, the PLA has a variety of options to defend its claimed territorial sovereignty and maritime interests,” Karotkin said.

The Chinese navy was strengthening its ability to execute a range of regional missions in a “complex electromagnetic environment” as it also laid a foundation for sustained blue water operations, he said.

“Over the next decade, China will complete its transition from a coastal navy to a navy capable of multiple missions around the world,” Karatkin said.

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