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What Xi Jinping’s Third Term and CMC Appointments Mean for Taiwan



Some Chinese military scholars and senior US military officials speculate that the Chinese President has directed the PLA to be prepared to invade Taiwan by 2027; however, there is no concrete evidence supporting this claim.

The People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) President Xi Jinping delivered a wide-ranging work report laying out the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) agenda for the country over the next five years. After delivering the report, Xi finalised the members for the 20th Central Military Commission (CMC) — the highest national defence organisation of the PRC. The CMC sits at the top of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and controls China’s domestic security forces and the People’s Armed Police. This 20th CMC would likely serve until the PLA completes its centenary in 2027. Some Chinese military scholars and senior US military officials speculate that the Chinese President has directed the PLA to be prepared to invade Taiwan by 2027; however, there is no concrete evidence supporting this claim. But in the recent work report, Xi claimed that “we will never promise to renounce the use of force, and we reserve the option of taking all measures necessary.”


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