Daily US Times: A top US commander warned Congress on Tuesday that China is assembling an increasingly offensive and aggressive military and expanding its regional footprint, as China steps up efforts to supplant American military power in Asia.
Adm. Philip Davidson, the head of US Indo-Pacific Command, said: “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.”
“I see them developing systems, capabilities and a posture that would indicate that they’re interested in aggression,” Davidson said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Davidson said the increased investment was necessary to deter Chinese military ambition in the region.
Describing China as “the greatest long-term strategic threat to security in the 21st century” the US commander said the Asian country has been carrying out increasingly threatening moves, citing China’s disputed border with India, Chinese military activity around Taiwan and even around US islands in the Pacific.
“I’m worried that they’re accelerating their ambitions … to supplant the United States and our leadership role in the rules-based international order, which they’ve long said that they want to do that by 2050. I’m worried about them moving that target closer,” Davidson, who in the hearing defended budget requests for billions of dollars of new weaponry in the Pacific, said.
China’s 2019 defence paper siad: “The development of China’s national defense aims to meet its rightful security needs and contribute to the growth of the world’s peaceful forces.”