The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, warned of the continuous growth of China’s military capabilities, considering this a threat to global stability and peace.
Milley, who is the most senior US military commander, said in his testimony to the Senate today, Thursday, that China is increasing its military capacity “at a very dangerous and sustained rate.”
In the face of what he saw as a threat, Milley called in his testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee to “make sure that we maintain our competitive and technological leadership.”
Milley’s comments come after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin asked the Pentagon to focus more on China.
“The initiatives that I’m laying out today are intertwined with the broader US government’s approach to China, and will help advance the national defense strategy that we are working on,” Austin said.
Austin said the order would “improve the department’s ability to revitalize our network of allies and partners, enhance deterrence, and accelerate the development of new business concepts and emerging capabilities.”
This matter, the details of which are classified as “secret”, comes after an evaluation conducted by the task force, which was established by the administration of President Joe Biden last February, to review the strategy of the Ministry of Defense towards China. To ensure that his directive is followed, Austin will be personally responsible for implementing the task force’s confidential recommendations.
For his part, a senior official in the US Department of Defense indicated that the task force identified “a gap between words and deeds in the priorities that were announced towards China, and what we saw in a number of areas.” “Today’s directive is about ensuring that the ministry respects these priorities,” he added.
It is reported that the National Defense Strategy, developed by the Pentagon in 2018, identified China as a major strategic competitor; But the task force found that little had been done to meet the challenges posed by Beijing.
The US military is currently seeking to expand its presence in the Pacific at a time when Beijing is increasingly hostile towards Taiwan, which China considers an integral part of its territory.
The United States has put countering China at the center of its national security policy for several years, as there are differences between the two countries on issues; From Taiwan and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea.