US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin (file photo)
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Thursday that given the aggressive behavior of China in the Indo-Pacific region, I suspect that something may happen that may cause a crisis there.
Washington. Describing China as a growing challenge, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin told US lawmakers that Beijing’s “aggressive behavior 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 insisted that there should be a direct line of communication between the armies and government officials of the two countries.
Austin said on Thursday, “Given China’s aggressive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region, I suspect that something may happen that causes a crisis there.” 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 between government officials. Austin said that America’s relations with China are currently 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 army. 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 like 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.
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 insists on freedom of navigation in the area. On Wednesday, Austin issued instructions to the Defense Department to better deal with the security challenges posed by China, which has become the biggest challenge to the US. These instructions were given on the basis of the final recommendations of the China Task Force of the department.Also read: Now pointing fingers at the army in China will be costly, new bill passed in the country
During the hearing on Thursday, Senator Angus King said that 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 it should be a national security priority. General Mark Meale, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that from the point of view of the military, China is the biggest threat to America, while Russia is a big competitive power.