China’s military might is growing at a “serious and sustained rate,” according to a top US general.
Army General Mark Milley, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cautioned on Thursday that China’s military is rapidly growing its capabilities, and that the US must take efforts to maintain a competitive advantage in the future.
Milley, the Joint Chiefs of Staff head since September 2019, gave the opinion during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday. According to Reuters, the senior US general warned that China’s military is developing capabilities at a “very serious and continuous rate.”
Milley stated, “We must ensure that we maintain our competitive and technological advantage.”
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and President Joe Biden have both expressed alarm about China’s expanding military power and influence around the world, prompting the top general’s statements. According to Bloomberg, Austin called China’s stance as “increasingly confrontational,” defending Biden’s proposed $715 billion military budget for the fiscal year 2022.
During a Senate committee hearing on Thursday, Austin said, “The request is driven by our knowledge that our competitors, particularly China, continue to enhance their capabilities.” “To be a viable deterrent to conflict around the world, we must outpace such advances,” he cautioned.
Despite Republicans and former President Donald Trump regularly accusing Biden of being “weak” on China, the current government has mostly followed the policies of the previous administration. Biden issued an executive order last week to strengthen and extend a Trump-era restriction on investments in firms linked to China’s military-industrial complex and surveillance business. 59 Chinese enterprises are on the blacklist, and American persons and businesses are prohibited from doing business with them.
Biden has used China’s growing power and rapid development to persuade Congress to support his massive infrastructure investment plan. In February, Trump claimed that if the US does not increase investment, China will “eat our lunch.”
“They’re investing a lot of money, billions of dollars, and they’re dealing with a variety of challenges relating to transportation, the environment, and a variety of other things,” the president stated.
“They’re going to, you know, eat our lunch if we don’t start moving,” he continued.
Officials from China have consistently urged. This is a condensed version of the information.