This news has been received from: Voice of America

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

mail: [NewsMag]

WASHINGTON - The inability of the United States to adequately push back against China’s growing military might is spurring Beijing to accelerate its plans to remake the current international order in its image, a top U.S. military commander told lawmakers Tuesday.

Concerns about China’s aggressive behavior are not new — U.

S. military and intelligence officials repeatedly warned about Chinese military investment, disinformation, and espionage and cyber operations — under former U.S. President Donald Trump. But the admonitions have taken on a renewed urgency under current President Joe Biden, whose defense secretary has repeatedly labeled China a “pacing threat.”

"I worry they're accelerating their ambitions to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order," Adm. Philip Davidson, commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, testified before members of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

“They’ve long said that they want to do that by 2050,” he said. “I’m worried about them moving that target closer.”

Davidson, who is set to retire later this year, has spent the past few weeks trying to bring more attention to the danger posed by an ever-bolder China.

On Tuesday, he called China "the greatest long-term strategic threat to security in the 21st century,” and he echoed earlier warnings about an erosion of “conventional deterrence” against Beijing.

"The military balance in the Indo-Pacific is becoming more unfavorable for the United States and our allies," Davidson said. "With this imbalance, we are accumulating risk that may embolden China to unilaterally change the status quo before our forces may be able to deliver an effective response.”

U.S. officials warn that China’s military is in some cases replacing the combination of economic incentives and coercion that once defined Beijing’s approach to the global power competition.

"You're going to find a very global, expeditionary Chinese military that will be there to step in anywhere they think China's interests are jeopardized," U.S. Indo-Pacific Command’s top intelligence officer, Navy Rear Adm. Michael Studeman, told a virtual conference last week.

And officials fear that approach will likely be strengthened as China continues to close the capability gap with the U.S. military.

China is expected to increase its defense spending by 6.8% in the coming fiscal year. Some projections even envision the Chinese navy being able to outgun the U.S. in the Indo-Pacific, from a 3-1 advantage in aircraft carriers up to a 54 to six advantage in modern, multimission combat ships, by 2025.

FILE - Military vehicles carrying JL-2 submarine-launched missiles roll during a parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in Beijing, Oct. 1, 2019.

Officials and lawmakers have likewise voiced concern about China’s growing nuclear capabilities. 

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has said China is likely “to at least double the size of its nuclear stockpile” over the next decade. Since then, top officials at U.S. Strategic Command have warned that estimate might be conservative, and that Beijing could triple or even quadruple its nuclear weapons stockpile in that time frame. 

Davidson said there is every indication that if China believes it has an advantage, it will use it.

“I see them developing systems, capabilities and a posture that would indicate they are interested in aggression," he said, pointing to how Beijing is already dealing with Hong Kong, the Line of Actual Control with India, the Uighurs in Xinjiang, and Tibet.

Davidson warned that Taiwan and Guam could be next.

"Taiwan is clearly one of their ambitions,” he said. “I think the threat is manifest during this decade. In fact, during the next six years."

As for Guam, Davidson told lawmakers that the U.S. island territory “is a target today.”

“China's own air force has put out a propaganda video showing their H-6 bomber force attacking Anderson Air Force Base at Guam, and distributed that quite publicly,” he warned. “We're seeing Chinese naval deployments of surface task groups and submarines that make circumnavigations of Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. And of course, we see the vast asymmetry of a very large ballistic missile force that China has.”

Davidson urged lawmakers to support continued weapons sales to Taiwan and advocated for installing an Aegis Ashore missile defense facility on Guam.

The $1.6 billion system is one of the top priorities in a five-year, $27.3 billion plan for Washington’s Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI), an effort that was established as part of last year’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

“Maintaining momentum behind the PDI will be a key focus of this committee as we begin work on this year's NDAA,” said Senate Armed Service Committee Chair Jack Reed.

U.S. military officials and lawmakers are also pinning some of their hopes on diplomacy and improved relations with key allies to successfully counter China.

Davidson said the newly formed so-called “Quad,” set to bring together the U.S., India, Japan and Australia, could bode well for efforts to push back against Beijing.

"I'm quite encouraged by the potential power of an organization like the Quad might bring," he said.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Tuesday that Quad leaders will meet virtually on Friday, with talks focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, economic cooperation and climate change. 

 

News Source: Voice of America

Tags: china’s growing about china’s officials and lawmakers international order push back against chinese military against beijing told lawmakers senate armed advantage warned its nuclear

Texas Woman Accused of Offering Migrant a Ride—Then Stealing Her Baby

Next News:

Lionel Messi ‘on verge of agreeing incredible Barcelona transfer return with PSG ace to join next July’

LIONEL MESSI is on the verge of making a sensational return to Barcelona, according to reports from Spain.

However, SunSport understands that no deal has been agreed and the Argentina captain will make a final decision after the World Cup.

THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY...
The Sun is your go to destination for the best football, boxing and MMA news, real-life stories, jaw-dropping pictures and must-see video.
Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheSunFootball and follow us from our main Twitter account at @TheSunFootball.

Most read in SportRIP TIFFANY Tiffany Jackson dead at 37: Basketball world mourns WNBA starPAIGE TURNER Spiranac gives brilliant answer after cheeky fan asks for influencer's 'size'ALICA IN WONDERLAND 'World's sexiest athlete' stuns fans on paddleboard in summer shootTOP TEAMMATE Michael Strahan shares heartbreak after Terry Bradshaw cancer battle revealed Topics
  • Barcelona transfer news
  • Football
  • World Cup 2022
  • Barcelona
  • Paris Saint-Germain
  • Lionel Messi
  • Barcelona
  • Spain
YOU MIGHT LIKERECOMMENDED FOR YOUMORE FOR YOUMore from The SunNU BEGINNINGS

Nunez given Klopp pep talk after watching Haaland net 17 goals… to his one

DIRECT ORDERS

Chelsea in fresh talks over sporting director after Freund deal collapses

AUBA AND DONE

Chelsea ace Aubameyang issues Champions League warning ahead of AC Milan game

'UNBELIEVABLE'

Wenger picks out THREE Man Utd flops who didn't pull weight in Man City loss

Follow The SunServices
  • Sign Up To The Sun
  • About Us
  • Editorial Complaints
  • Clarifications and Corrections
  • News Licensing
  • Advertising
  • Contact Us
  • Help Hub
  • Topic A-Z
  • Cookie Settings
  • Contact Preferences

© 2020 THE SUN, US, INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED | TERMS OF USE | PRIVACY | YOUR AD CHOICES | SITEMAP

Other News

  • Soccer | Donovan, Dempsey will broadcast World Cup in US for Fox
  • World News | Retreating Russians leave their comrades’ bodies behind
  • SEE IT: Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, and country music world react to death of Loretta Lynn
  • World's Largest Indoor Go-Kart Course Opens Soon In Central Jersey
  • Paige Spiranac 2023 calendar is released with ‘World’s Sexiest Woman’ wearing skimpy black bikini on front cover
  • World's Largest Go-Kart Course Opens Soon In Central Jersey
  • Our world in photos: October 4
  • Things To Do | Review: Controversial Yiddish drama makes waves anew at SF Playhouse
  • Staggering price of pints, Qatar 2022 final tickets and England home shirt as World Cup numbers revealed
  • Newcastle Saudi owners ‘offered 30 per cent stake in Man Utd for £700m before deciding on Toon takeover’
  • Farce as 7ft boxing champ Valuev can’t find Russian army uniform that fits for Ukraine war as he needs size 16.5 boots
  • Noam Chomsky: Education and organization are the only tools to stop environmental destruction and terminal war
  • World’s unluckiest bloke has arm and leg chewed off in croc attack after jumping into river to escape herd of elephants
  • Nottingham Forest chiefs including CEO and head of transfers facing sack with Steve Cooper’s job also in doubt
  • World’s sexiest athletes, including Leticia Bufoni and Lieke Klaver, who are contenders to Alica Schmidt’s throne
  • Apple iPhone and other devices may have to use the same chargers after EU lawmakers approve rule
  • Samsung aims to make the world's most advanced chips in 5 years, as it plays catch up with TSMC
  • China's climate push could spawn new global players, even if Beijing falls short on its pledge
  • Pentagon has not seen ‘large-scale reinforcement’ of Russian forces