WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – China is increasing its military capability at “a very serious and sustained rate,” the top U.S. general said in testimony to the Senate on Thursday, as he warned of a risk of increased threat to peace and global stability.
Pentagon to Speed Up Efforts to Counter China
Defense Secretary Austin issued directive based on recommendation of a task force
U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued a directive to speed up work to develop the military forces to deter China and address Pentagon difficulties in carrying out a years-old strategy that called Beijing a principal threat.
The directive, issued Wednesday, is based on the recommendation of a high-level Pentagon task force that identified a “say-do” gap between the Defense Department’s objective to counter Chinese aggression and its efforts to meet that goal, a senior Defense official said.