UK General Criticized CCP for Ratcheting up Taiwan Tension

On August 15th, it was reported that General Jim Hockenhull, commander of the British Strategic Command, pointed out that the military actions taken by the Chinese Communists (CCP) in recent days have increased tensions in the Taiwan Strait.

After U.S. House speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan on August 2nd and 3rd, the CCP responded to Pelosi’s visit by holding large-scale military exercises around Taiwan. General Hockenhll said that this was an overreaction.

Hockenhull said the Chinese military had only 23 ships in the early 2000s, and now the number has risen to more than 500. In addition, the CCP has invested heavily in the development of sea and air sensing and cyber operation capabilities, and its possible use is worrying.

General Hawkenhall, who served as Chief of Defense Intelligence, was promoted to Commander of Strategic Command in May, covering military intelligence, as well as land, sea, air, space, Cyber and Special Operations.

This is the first time, since Speaker Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan that a senior British general has explicitly and directly criticized Beijing.

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