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China lacks capability and intent to invade Taiwan now: top US general

Gen. Milley gives different assessment from former Indo-Pacific commander

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, left, talks with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Mark Milley as they prepare to testify on the defense department's budget request during a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on June 17.    © Reuters

NEW YORK -- China does not have the military capability or the intent to seize Taiwan by force in the immediate future, the top uniformed officer of the U.S. military told Congress Thursday.

"China has a ways to go to develop the actual no-kidding capability to conduct military operations to seize, through military means, the entire island of Taiwan, if they wanted to do that," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley told the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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