The U.S. Navy Burke-class missile destroyer "Banford" (USS Benfold DDG-65) passes through the Taiwan Strait in the past.

(Retrieved from the US Seventh Fleet website)

[Instant News/Comprehensive Report] U.S. President Biden's recent remarks on military protection of Taiwan have aroused heated discussions in the outside world. One of the focuses of the discussion is whether the United States is really capable of defending Taiwan. Experts have divergent views on this.

"Voice of America" ​​reported that some experts and military personnel are opposed to the question of whether the US military has the ability to protect Taiwan. For example, Admiral Daryl Caudle, commander of the US Fleet Force Command, said, Once war breaks out, the U.S. military may not be able to repair the hit ships in time.

Former U.S. intelligence officer Scott Ritter said that if there is a war in the Taiwan Strait, the U.S. military is expected to arrive in Taiwan about 83 days later, and China may have taken control of Taiwan by then.

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As for the positive stance, Mark Milley, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, was asked last year whether the US military was capable of protecting Taiwan, and he made it clear: "We are absolutely capable of doing these things on a global scale, such as It also includes (defending Taiwan) if necessary."

Carl Schuster, former director of operations at the U.S. Pacific Command's Hawaii Joint Intelligence Center, analyzed that it is generally believed that long-distance combat will reduce combat effectiveness. For example, fighting at a distance of 3,200 kilometers will reduce combat efficiency by half, but the United States only needs to Stop China's air superiority, because by doing so, China will not bring amphibious forces into the Taiwan Strait.

The U.S. Department of Defense reported last year that even if China landed on Taiwan, the difficulty of urban warfare would become a political and military risk for Chinese leader Xi Jinping.