The modernization of China’s armed forces and Beijing’s move to acquire missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads are of equal concern to both Congress and US defense officials, according to the online political newspaper The Hill.
The U.S. defense establishment has witnessed rapidly growing threats from Beijing in many areas, including recent supersonic missile tests, an expanding nuclear arsenal, space and cyberspace steps, and apparent daily threats against Taiwan.
“We are witnessing one of the greatest changes in geostrategic power ever felt globally,” US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Miley said Wednesday during a speech on recent progress by China in defense sector.
“They are clearly challenging us regionally, and their goal is to challenge the United States globally.”
The potential shift in the global balance of power is a matter of concern to US officials.
For decades, the United States has maintained its position as the most powerful economic and military power in the world. A shift toward China, while not a direct threat, could overturn alliances in the India-Pacific region, at a time when the US and Chinese Armed Forces are escalating their confrontation in South China Sea.
Outgoing Vice President of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. John Hayten said last week that the pace at which China is developing its military capabilities is “impressive” to overtake the United States “unless we do something to change it. this”.
Source From: Capital