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China wants ability to invade Taiwan by 2027, U.S. admiral says

John Aquilino warns Beijing is building up military despite economic challenges

Chinese People's Liberation Army aircraft conduct training exercises near Taiwan. (Xinhua via AP)

TOKYO -- China aims to have the capability to invade Taiwan by 2027, Adm. John Aquilino, commander of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, said Tuesday, echoing previous warnings by senior American military officials.

The timeline is based on Chinese President Xi Jinping asking "his military to be prepared if tasked to execute in 2027," said Aquilino, who spoke to Nikkei and other outlets while visiting Japan.

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