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Taiwan in danger from 2022 on, expert warns US Congress

Ex-national security adviser McMaster calls island the biggest 'flashpoint' with China

Then-U.S. national security adviser H.R. McMaster, center, at a White House news conference in 2018.   © Reuters

NEW YORK -- U.S. senators overseeing the nation's military on Tuesday raised concerns over Washington's preparedness in the event of an invasion of Taiwan by mainland China as the scenario emerges as one of the largest flashpoints in the Asia-Pacific.

Answering questions from Senate Armed Services Committee members over a potential military conflict there, former national security adviser H.R. McMaster warned that the period of greatest danger for Taiwan is from 2022 onward, after the Beijing Winter Olympics and the Chinese Communist Party's twice-a-decade national congress.

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