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US losing military edge in Asia as China looks like it is planning for war: US Indo-Pacific Command chief

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US losing military edge in Asia as China looks like it is planning for war: US Indo-Pacific Command chief

‘I cannot for the life of me understand some of the capabilities that they’re putting in the field, unless it is an aggressive posture’

By Fox News, March 11, 2021

The head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command told lawmakers this week that the U.S. is losing its edge over the Chinese military as the People’s Republic of China faces weakening international deterrence.

Testifying for the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday, Admiral Philip Davidson, head of Indo-Pacific command, warned against an increasing “imbalance” in the region brought on by China’s rapid military advance.

“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.”

China announced last week it will increase its defense budget by 6.8 percent in 2022, allocating $208.6 billion to their defense budget – a move that has concerned U.S. lawmakers and defense officials.

Davidson said that by 2025, China will be able to deploy three aircraft carriers, and he expressed concern surrounding the imminent threat China’s aggressive behavior poses for Taiwan.

“I cannot for the life of me understand some of the capabilities that they’re putting in the field, unless it is an aggressive posture,” he said, adding that he is concerned China would invade Taiwan within the next six years.

China has condemned international objections to its aggressive behavior against Taiwan, maintaining the island is its territory under its “One China Principle,” though Taiwan and the U.S. view the nation as independent from mainland China.

“By exploiting the Taiwan question to exaggerate China’s military threat, some people in the United States are actually looking for excuses to justify the increase of the U.S. military expenditure, expansion of its military power, and interfere in regional affairs,” Chinese Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said in response to Davidson’s testimony Wednesday. “The United States should abandon the Cold War zero-sum mentality, view China’s development and national defense development objectively and rationally.”

But Davidson pointed to Cold War-era concerns and warned that China is rapidly building its nuclear stockpiles, telling lawmakers that if China continues to go unchecked in its nuclear development they could surpass U.S. stockpiles by 2030.

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