Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Texas, warned on Sunday that there could be a military conflict between the U.S. and China over Taiwan.
McCaul, the new chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, was asked about a recently released memo from General Mike Minihan, who wrote: “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me will fight in 2025.”
Minihan heads the Air Mobility Command, which has nearly 50,000 service members. His memo noted that the U.S. and Taiwan will have presidential elections in 2024, and that China would have an opportunity to move in on Taiwan due to a distracted U.S.
When asked for a response to Minihan’s comments, McCaul told Fox News Sunday host Shannon Bream that, “I hope he is wrong, as well. I think he is right though, unfortunately.”
McCaul also said that the U.S. has “to be prepared” for China’s possible invasion of Taiwan.
McCaul accused President Joe Biden of “projecting weakness” and that it meant that the odds are “very high” of a military conflict. McCaul cited the perceived bungled withdrawal from Afghanistan by the U.S. as Biden showing weakness.
In recent months, the threat of war between China and Taiwan has looked more possible than ever. China carried out large-scale military exercises in August near the self-ruled island of Taiwan. The two sides have been at odds since 1949, when the defeated nationalists fled to the island after the Chinese Civil War.
However, the U.S. has long avoided a direct military conflict with China, which emerged as the major geopolitical threat to the U.S. since the Soviet Union collapsed. The two sides had been at serious odds over Hong Kong and trade.
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., responded to the Minihan report on Fox News Sunday that war with China is “not only not inevitable, it is highly unlikely. We have a very dangerous situation in China. But I think generals need to be very cautious about saying ‘we’re going to war, it’s inevitable.'”