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China Doesn’t Want a War Over Taiwan, US Spy Chief Haines Says

  • Avril Haines cites potential disruption of Taiwan chipmaking
  • ‘Not our assessment that China wants to go to war’: Haines
Avril Haines
Avril HainesPhotographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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The US intelligence community assesses that China doesn’t want a military conflict over Taiwan even as it’s determined to bring the independently governed island under its control, officials told a House of Representatives hearing Thursday. 

“It’s not our assessment that China wants to go to war,” Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines told the House Intelligence Committee as part of an annual briefing on worldwide threats faced by the US. Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns testified at the same hearing that President Xi Jinping has been “sobered” by US and allied support for Ukraine in response to Russia’s invasion a year ago.