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Considering a Chinese Invasion of Taiwan, Part 2

MIN READDec 5, 2022 | 16:00 GMT

Taiwanese soldiers disembark from amphibious assault vehicles on July 28, 2022, in Pingtung, Taiwan, during a military exercise simulating a Chinese invasion. 

Taiwanese soldiers disembark from amphibious assault vehicles on July 28, 2022, in Pingtung, Taiwan, during a military exercise simulating a Chinese invasion. 

(Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)

Looming over any Chinese calculations of a Taiwan invasion is the United States Indo-Pacific Command, which is composed of approximately 375,000 military and civilian personnel arrayed across the Pacific from Alaska to South Asia, with a notable arc of military alliances and partnerships enclosing nearly the whole of the Chinese coastline. For Beijing, this means speed is of the essence in any Taiwan invasion or military coercion scenario. ...

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