Taiwan Monitors Israel-Hamas Conflict Amid China Concerns

At a briefing on Thursday, National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng told journalists that the sudden escalation of the conflict between Israel and Hamas has pushed Taiwan to enhance its ability to forecast possible threats.

  • Chiu added that Taiwan’s military has been monitoring the situation around the island and paying attention to any signs of Chinese military advances.

China claims democratically ruled Taiwan is a part of its territory and has not ruled out using force to achieve its goal of unification with the island.

  • U.S. military and intelligence officials assess that China’s military has been ordered to be ready to take Taiwan by force, perhaps as early as 2025.

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