Describing China as a growing challenge, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told US lawmakers that Beijing’s “aggressive behaviour” could lead to a crisis in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region.
Washington. Describing China as a growing challenge, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told US lawmakers that Beijing’s “aggressive behaviour” could lead to a crisis in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region. Responding to questions from members of the Senate Armed Services Committee during a congressional hearing on the Pentagon’s annual budget, he stressed that there should be a direct line of communication between the armies and government officials of the two countries. “Given China’s aggressive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region, I suspect something could happen that could lead to a crisis there,” Austin said on Thursday.
We want to have the ability to talk to our allies and partners and enemies or potential enemies. That’s why I think there should be a direct line of communication between the military but also government officials. “Austin said that America’s relationship with China at present is competitive. “They want to be the most influential country on the planet,” he said. That is their long-term goal. They want to compete with us in many activities including military. Everything we do, whether in the military or other areas of government, is so that we can remain financially competitive, produce the world’s best scientists, and conduct the most detailed research. It is a competition of wide-ranging activities.” China has urged the US not to treat it as an “imaginary enemy”. A senior Chinese foreign ministry official said in Beijing this week that China wants to develop an undisputed, non-competitive, mutually beneficial and beneficial relationship with the US, although at the same time it seeks to maintain its sovereignty, security and development. Will also firmly protect the related interests.
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It is noteworthy that China claims almost the entire South China Sea of 10.3 million square miles as its sovereign territory. However, US Navy ships often pass through this disputed area through which the US asserts freedom of navigation in the area. On Wednesday, Austin issued instructions to the Defense Department asking it to better deal with the security challenges posed by China, which has become the biggest challenge to America. These instructions were given on the basis of the final recommendations of the China Task Force of the department. During a hearing on Thursday, Senator Angus King said the most serious threat facing the US today is an accidental conflict with China, which risks escalating tensions.
He described China as a growing challenge for America and said, “It bothers me that we do not have an effective hotline with China. I understand that China is not ready for this, but I believe that it should be a national security priority. While Russia is a major competitive force.
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