‘Seriously doubt’ imminent invasion of Taiwan by China — Pentagon chief
WASHINGTON — US 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,” Mr. Austin said during a press conference alongside US 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,” Mr. Austin said. — Reuters