Top US general warns of more ‘aggressive’ China

According to the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chinese military is now a bigger threat for America and the allies

America’s top general is sounding an alarm over the Chinese military, saying it has become increasingly aggressive in encounters with other military forces operating in the Asia-Pacific region, making itself a greater threat to the US and its allies.

“The message is, the Chinese military, in the air and at sea, have become significantly more and noticeably more aggressive in this particular region,”On Sunday, US Army General Mark Milley was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Milley noted that the number of intercepts made by Chinese forces on US or allied ships have increased over five years. Milley said that the number of these interactions is increasing. “unsafe”Similar incidents have been reported by the Pentagon. Recently, the General ordered his Staff to create a report that would detail the interaction between the US and Chinese forces in the area.

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One incident occurred just last month when a Chinese J-16 aircraft pilot endangered an Australian surveillance airplane in international airspace. A bundle of small aluminum pieces was released by the pilot after he allegedly opened his mouth and cut across the aircraft’s front.

US officials have increasingly raised concerns over China’s military and foreign policy, including its refusal to join in sanctioning Russia over the Ukraine crisis. The US Air Force Major General complained that Beijing was building weapons five- to six times faster and at significantly lower costs than Washington last month. He argued that China’s geopolitical ambitions are “an existential threat to our way of life, to the freedoms that our kids may or may not enjoy.” 

Beijing has come back. Zhao Lijian (Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson) stated last week that Washington incited the Russia-Ukraine war. Chinese officials have also accused Washington of provoking tensions throughout the Asia-Pacific region, and even meddling in Taiwanese affairs, which Beijing regards as a separatist province.

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Milley visited Indonesia during a tour through the Asia-Pacific region. He concluded his trip with a meeting in Sydney of defence chiefs. Among the concerns likely to be discussed is China’s new security agreement with the Solomon Islands, which was signed in April. Australia and the US are concerned that China could build a military base at Solomon Islands.

“This is an area in which China is trying to do outreach for their own purposes. And again, this is concerning because China is not doing it just for benign reasons,”According to the Associated Press, Milley told reporters on his Asia trip that he was telling them this. “They’re trying to expand their influence throughout the region. This could have negative consequences for our partners and allies in the region.




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