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China will emerge as America s strategic threat: Pentagon

In this era of great power competition, China will emerge as America s strategic threat, a top Pentagon official has said, reiterating the need of ramping up US presence in the Indo-Pacific region. Having the US Army in the region strengthens America s position to conduct global commerce, build confidence with investors and compete economically, US Secretary of Army Ryan D McCarthy told a Washington audience on Tuesday. In this era of great power competition, China will emerge as America s strategic threat. Over 60 per cent of the world s GDP flows through the Straits of Malacca, and China is militarising the global commons, he said in his address to the Brookings Institute think-tank. In order to commoditise life for its 1.1 billion people, China is increasingly relying on its Belt and Road Initiative, having the US Army in the region with modernised weaponry, and this alongside our counterparts, changes the calculus and creates dilemmas for potential adversaries, he ...


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