GOP Senator: Xi ‘Deadly Serious’ About China Invading Taiwan

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 23: Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the podium during the meeting between members of the standing committee of the Political Bureau of the 20th CPC Central Committee and Chinese and foreign journalists at The Great Hall of People on October 23, 2022 in Beijing, China. China's ruling Communist Party today revealed the new Politburo Standing Committee after its 20th congress. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
  • House China Select Committee Chairman Mike Gallagher told Fox News Digital Tuesday that Chinese President Xi Jinping is “deadly serious” about invading Taiwan, saying the recent increase in the People’s Liberation Army’s budget makes his ambitions “abundantly clear.”
  • China on Sunday, announced a 7.2% increase in its defense budget for the upcoming year for the PLA, which is the military wing of the Chinese Communist Party, and consists of approximately 2-million members.
  • In U.S. dollars, China’s military budget now sits at $230 billion, up nearly $16 billion from its budget in 2022, and nearly doubled since 2013.  The spending increase comes as the U.S. warns of a potential Chinese invasion of Taiwan in the near future. U.S. officials have also warned China against sending lethal aid to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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