Military Says China Not Yet More Powerful, But Is Close

There is not another military in the world that can take on China if they decide to become aggressive. The United States military is seeing budget cuts from the Biden administration that could prevent the military from protecting their allies or themselves.

Some members of Congress are asking questions about the proposed budget cuts and what the military needs to keep pace. A recent exchange took place in a House Committee on Armed Services about this. The answer should make people aware of the situation and how the military is thinking about any potential conflict with China.

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Here is a transcript of the exchange between GOP Representative Mike Rogers (AL-3) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley.

ROGERS: General Milley, as I noted in my opening statement, China already has a larger Navy, more troops, more missiles, and more hypersonics than we do. Where are you most concerned that China has gained or may soon gain an advantage against us?

GENERAL MILLEY: Several areas. If you roll the clock back to 1975 and the reforms of Deng Xiaoping. The Chinese economy has risen at a rate of about 10%, down to 6-7% recently and it’s projected to reduce a little bit more. But with that massive economy, with that massive amount of money, China has developed an extraordinarily capable military, they are not, to be clear, they are not currently superior to the United States military. But their aim, their object, is to be at least co-equal to, if not superior, and that is possible if we stood still, that would be possible in a certain amount of years. And, and I think that the area of cyber and space, those are two critical areas and subsurface submarines are a third area, all of which we need to watch. But there’s also emerging technologies that are very concerning, things like hypersonics, a man machine interface, changing the relationship of men, or human beings to the machine, linking that to various very high powered computer systems. There’s a wide variety of information technologies that they’re working on. These are all concerning, and then I would throw in robotics and most importantly, is Artificial Intelligence. These are emerging technologies are going to hit in time and space, in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years max, and we, the United States need to be out front on all of them. Otherwise, we’re going to be setting up future generations, for a very difficult situation relative to China.

While no person in the world wants to see a conflict between China and the United States, it is necessary to keep pace so we do not become dominated in another area by the nation. There is no reason for where the US is in relation to our relationship with the communist nation.

They have a large part of America’s debt. Many American companies have moved their manufacturing there. China barely takes any American products. Being dominated militarily will mean the United States will be able to help allies or have a strong national security posture.


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