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China pursuing 'largest military buildup in history since WWII,' US commander says
By: Mike Brest, Defense Reporter for Washington Post - 06-24-22

The commander of the U.S. combatant command responsible for the Indo-Pacific region provided an alarming assessment of China’s continued military growth.

INDOPACOM Commander Adm. John Aquilino, during a Friday conversation with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, argued that China’s military buildup, holistically, “is the largest military buildup in history since World War II.”


The Chinese military expansion, which led the Pentagon to declare the adversarial nation as the United States's "pacing" challenge, "encompasses all domains and all capabilities, whether it's naval ships, whether it's fifth-generation aircraft, whether it's missile forces, whether it's cybercapability or capability in space, to include strategic nuclear capability. So, the concern for all Americans should be the pace, scale, and scope that China is growing."

This is not Aquilino's first warning about the Chinese Communist Party's intent to shake up the world order, writing in testimony for the House Appropriations Committee in May, "The PRC seeks to become a global military power and acquire the ability to seize Taiwan, while developing conventional weapons that can reach the U.S. Homeland."

One difference between Aquilino's two statements from May and on Friday was in nearby Ukraine, where Russia and its leader Vladimir Putin have been designated a pariah by the international community for his invasion of a sovereign nation.

“I think globally what we see is that the world is certainly unwilling to accept a single person's actions, illegitimate, unprovoked, to change the world order, the status quo, the international rules-based order through an unprovoked illicit invasion," Aquilino stated on Friday.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Putin promoted their countries' close ties following a meeting between them last week.

“Since the beginning of this year, Russia-China practical cooperation has developed steadily," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a readout of the call, and Xi told Putin that his country is “willing to, together with Russia, continue to support each other on issues concerning core interests and major concerns such as sovereignty and security, intensify strategic coordination between the two countries, and strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional organizations.”

Shortly before Putin launched the invasion, the two leaders entered a "no limits partnership," as described by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin during a hearing on Capitol Hill in April. The agreement amounts to "the most concerning aspect" of the war.

"If those two nations were to truly demonstrate and deliver a 'No Limits policy,' I think what that means is that we're currently [in an] extremely dangerous time and place in the history of humanity, if that were to come true," Aquilino said.
Personal note: The next big war will have little resolve to either side. Warfare
is taking money and throwinig into the streets. If and when war comes it makes
no difference to who the winner will be - the damage will be so great that on
all sides the contamination will kill billions in a very short time - and the
process will continue even after the war's cease.

The mindset of winning a nuclear war is absolutely "NUTS" as one once said.
There will be no winner(s) only massive destruction and radiation around the globe
and for what?
The power(s) to be are nulled once the exchange begins. Once you've exhausted
all your nukes - then what? - you want to negotiate? Yea/Right. The power's that
once were - will only be footprints of those who were once alive. Mankind will
cease to exist and/or will be maleformed from nuclear waste and contaminated air.
If any are born they will be compromised by the environment and contamination.
You can't live in a mountain or underground indefinitely. Crops will have to be
from uncontaminated plants & lands (if any exist). Water treatment plants will
have to be built to reduce the contamination from the water - if possible. Crops
will fail or be extremely stunted - or strangely disfigured - from radiated materials.
This won't happen overnight - it may take a 1000 yrs - or more but by then the
humans we once were - may look completely differnt by then - from the side
effects of contamination & radiated food products - if they can still grow?
So in closing - I say China / Russia and North Korea - go for it - do your thing
waste your people on a war that nobody wins.

O Almighty Lord God, who neither slumberest nor sleepest; Protect and assist, we beseech thee, all those who at home or abroad, by land, by sea, or in the air, are serving this country, that they, being armed with thy defence, may be preserved evermore in all perils; and being filled with wisdom and girded with strength, may do their duty to thy honour and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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