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Old 02-26-2020, 01:31 PM
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Pentagon: China threat increasing
By: Bill Gertz - Washington Times - 02-26-20
Re: Pentagon: China threat increasing

The Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders said Wednesday that China has emerged as the most important defense and military challenge faced by the United States.

The Defense Department’s “highest priority remains China, as its government continues to use — and misuse — its diplomatic, economic and military strength to attempt to alter the landscape of power and reshape the world in its favor, often at the expense of others,” said Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

The Chinese Communist Party has emerged as a strategic threat to the international order and is seeking regional hegemony and global influence, said Army Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who joined Mr. Esper in congressional testimony. Mr. Esper and Gen. Milley testified before the House Armed Services Committee on the Pentagon’s fiscal 2021 budget request of $705.4 billion.

Mr. Esper said China is continuing to invest heavily in military modernization and expansion in areas such as space, cyberspace, electronic warfare, undersea warfare, fighter aircraft, bombers, long-range missiles and other “anti-access/area denial” (A2/AD) systems. The buildup is part Beijing’s leadership plans to become the preeminent global military power by 2049.

“What is most troubling is that China is pursuing these objectives by any means necessary, including forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, cyberespionage and commercial acquisitions,” Mr. Esper said. “Once Beijing obtains and develops these technologies, it leverages them to intimidate or coerce smaller states, while simultaneously narrowing the United States’ competitive advantage.”

Additionally, Beijing is continuing to militarize reclaimed islands in the South China Sea in ways that threaten freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce in the region.

“Through its Belt and Road Initiative, China is expanding its political and economic ties across Asia, Europe, South America and Africa, with the less-publicized objective of expanding the People’s Liberation Army’s influence and reach,” Mr. Esper said.

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Personal note: When I saw us loose PI bases - to China - that seemed to me to be an indicator China was on the move. Maybe their diplomats are better than ours. Maybe China is funding the top down in every country thereby getting the advantage.

China wants to surpass the US in every outpost. They will make it happen and for some reason (maybe its our policies) they are given the rights to supply or install bases on these lands. Payoff's at to the right people seem to provide an influence needed to get the authority.

It seems our current system is flawed by some out maneuver by the Chinese at every level of late. How they do it - has to be figured out and countered before we become only a secondary options rather than the primary one.

It starts at the top and works down. There's where the problem lies.

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