China Is 'One Of The Central Challenges To US National Security', Pentagon Has A Plan

| April 13 , 2018 , 14:24 IST

Even after the looming 'trade war' between US and China cooled down, US lawmakers have identified China as "one of the central challenges" to the US national security. A top US military leader on Friday told the US lawmakers that the Pentagon has developed a global campaign plan against China.

"We have a global campaign plan for China. Each one of the combatant commanders addresses China in the context of that global campaign plan," General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a congressional hearing.

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Dunford had been responding to a question from Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler who had said that China has been expanding itself not only in the Indo Pacific region across the world.

"Their activities are present (in) Africa, Europe, Latin America, et cetera. What efforts are you aware of being taken by each of the combatant commands in the different AORs (areas of responsibility) to counter the China challenge?" she asked.

"China is very focused. They have multiple lanes of effort, from espionage, to the military to counter-intelligence, to propaganda arm, et cetera," said Hartzler.

Several other lawmakers also expressed their concerns over the rise of China.

"China has made a clear commitment to meet US capability in artificial intelligence by 2020 and then exceed it by 2030," Congressman Seth Wilbur Moulton said.