US Should Avoid Open Armed Conflict With China by All Means, Says US General
20:28 GMT 17.09.2023 (Updated: 08:58 GMT 18.09.2023)
© AP Photo / Caroline BrehmanChairman of the Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley testifies before a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing to examine proposed budget estimates and justification for fiscal year 2022 for the Department of Defense in Washington on Thursday, June 17, 2021.
© AP Photo / Caroline Brehman
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United States should do everything possible to avoid open armed conflict with China and not repeat "great power" wars, US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley said on Sunday.
"We should try our very best to avoid open armed conflict with China," Milley said in an interview with an American news network.
The military official added that the US already participated in two "great power wars," specifying that he was talking about World War I and World War II.
Speaking about China's possible "invasion" of Taiwan, Milley said that "it is entirely possible" for the US to repel the attack, adding that Washington wants a "peaceful outcome" between Beijing and Taipei.
13 September, 17:17 GMT
Taiwan has been governed independently from mainland China since 1949. Beijing regards the island as its province, while Taiwan maintains that it is an autonomous entity but stops short of declaring independence. Beijing opposes any official foreign contacts with Taipei and regards Chinese sovereignty over the island as indisputable.