[March 08, 2023](Comprehensive report by Epoch Times reporter Zhang Ting) On March 5, the CCP announced a 7.2% increase in its military budget, which aroused the attention of the United States. House of Representatives”To the CCP Committee“Chairman Mike ‧Gallagher(Mike Gallagher) said on Tuesday (March 7) that Chinese Communist Party leader Xi JinpingTaiwanIt is “extremely serious”, and Xi Jinping’s ambitions can be seen very clearly from the recent increase in the CCP’s military budget.
“To the CCP Committee“The full name is “The Special Committee on Strategic Competition between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party”, which is a newly established committee of the House of Representatives.
GallagherIn an interview with the Fox program “Fox News Digital” on Tuesday, he said, “Xi Jinping has made it very clear that heTaiwanAggressive intent, which can be achieved by force if necessary. “
“As Xi Jinping expands the military budget again, it should be very clear, especially after the events in Ukraine, that he is extremely serious (invading Taiwan),” Gallagher said.
He added: “The United States and our allies need to put hard power in place to protect Taiwan and deter an invasion before it’s too late. These efforts include providing Indo-Pacific Command with the resources it needs and moving quickly to clear the backlog arms sales to Taiwan, and ensure that China’s coercive economic tactics do not undermine our ability to protect U.S. interests at home and abroad.”
Gallagher previously warned in an interview with the show that a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan “has the potential to bring us into a dynamic confrontation” with China.
“I believe that time is not on our side, we have entered the most dangerous window.” Gallagher said.
Gallagher and several other members of Congress visited Taiwan in recent days.
CIA Director William Burns said last month that Xi had ordered his military to be ready to invade Taiwan by 2027. But he stressed that this does not mean that Xi has decided to invade in 2027 or any other year.
The United States and its allies regard the CCP as the main challenger to the current international order, and are closely watching the CCP’s military build-up. U.S. officials say China’s growing military power is posing a growing threat to Taiwan.
The Chinese government announced on March 5 that the military budget for this year is 1,553.7 billion yuan, an annual increase of 7.2%, the second highest in the past five years.
Although the CCP has increased its military budget in recent years, it is still far behind the military budget of the United States. The Wall Street Journal said that the latest estimates from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute put China’s military spending at $293 billion in 2021, compared with $801 billion for the United States. Those figures suggest that China’s military spending is about 1.7 percent of GDP, compared with 3.5 percent for the U.S., according to the institute.
Responsible editor: Lin Yan#