“I hope I’m wrong”
Air Force General predicts US-China war in 2025
In addition to the war in Ukraine, is the next armed conflict looming soon? US Air Force General Michael Minihan fears war could break out between the US and China. The US Department of Defense disagrees.
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US Air Force General Michael Minihan expressed his gloomy forecast for 2025.
Marian NadlerEditor News
Senior military officer Michael Minihan (56) wrote a memo to the commanders of the so-called Air Mobility Command. The reason: According to the Air Force General, the United States and China will face each other on the battlefield in two years. “I hope I’m wrong. My feeling tells me that we will fight in 2025,” US media quoted Minihan as saying.
Top General Minihan heads the air mobility command, which is responsible, among other things, for in-flight refueling. In his letter, he referred to the ambitions of the Chinese head of state Xi Jinping (69) to “integrate” the island of Taiwan into the People’s Republic – if necessary by force.
Minihan fears that his country will soon no longer pay the attention it deserves to the conflict between China and Taiwan. The presidential elections will be held in the USA next year – Minihan is convinced that the US government would then be distracted for months.
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“Taiwan’s presidential elections will be held in 2024 and could give Xi an excuse. The American presidential election is also in 2024 and will distract the country. Xi’s team, cause and occasion – all converge on 2025,” Minihan predicted.
The US and its partners have feared for some time that China may attempt to invade Taiwan following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Chinese are also accused of pursuing expansion efforts in the South China Sea. The Americans have repeatedly emphasized in the past that they will stand by Taiwan in the event of an invasion.
Pentagon responds to Minihan memo
In view of this danger, Minihan asked his people to practice shooting. «Fire at a target seven meters away, aim for the head. Unrepentant lethality is most important,” the memo said.
An Air Force spokeswoman confirmed the authenticity of the document. The US Department of Defense reacted promptly and distanced itself from Minihan’s opinion. “These comments are not representative of the ministry’s view of China,” the Pentagon said. The US worked with its allies to “maintain a peaceful, free and open Indo-Pacific”.