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Xi Jinping is not looking to go to war over Taiwan anytime soon

Little sign Chinese leader is accelerating invasion preparations

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Xi Jinping, center, inspects the Central Military Commission joint operations command center on Nov. 8: To impress Xi, it is possible that commanders are exaggerating their preparedness for war.   © Xinhua/AP

Derek Grossman is a senior defense analyst at the think tank RAND Corp. in Santa Monica, California and adjunct professor in the practice of political science and international relations at the University of Southern California. He formerly served as an intelligence adviser at the Pentagon.

For well over a year now, a growing chorus of American government and military officials have cited 2027 as Chinese President Xi Jinping's potential deadline for the forcible unification of Taiwan with the mainland.

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