China’s communist regime is the greatest threat to the United States, operating with the intent of displacing the United States as a global superpower, a senior Pentagon official said.
“The reason I’ve returned to government is my concern about China’s military modernization program,” Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said during a Sept. 29 address at the Center for American Progress, a forward-thinking thinker. tank.
“When people ask me what my priorities are, I tend to say ‘China, China, China’.”
Kendall said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is systematically investing in capabilities designed to counter and destroy the United States’ ability to project power globally.
These include efforts to develop weapons that can counter or destroy U.S. satellites, aircraft carriers, airports and communications and logistics hubs, Kendall said.
“The only nation-state that has the capacity, resources and strategic intent to truly threaten the United States as a world leader…is China,” he said.
Kendall added that by countering the United States’ power projection ability, the CCP is laying the groundwork for further aggression against Taiwan and in the South and East China Seas in general.
Perhaps nowhere is China more challenging US dominance than with the rapid expansion and modernization of its nuclear arsenal, Kendall said.
“One of the most significant changes is China’s nuclear outbreak,” Kendall said. “We will now be in a world where China has a nuclear arsenal comparable to both Russia and the United States.”
The Pentagon expects the CCP to have a minimum of 1,000 nuclear weapons by 2030. Kendall said this new “tripolar world” of nuclear powers will challenge US determination and strategy.
Patty-Jane Geller, a senior policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation, previously told The Epoch Times that this nuclear multipolarity is a huge problem for US national security, as the current US nuclear arsenal and attitude are only designed to to fight with Russia, not China, much less both at the same time.
“The US nuclear stance is currently dimensioned to face only one peer nuclear threat (Russia), as it was designed about a decade ago based on assumptions of a more benign threat environment than we face today. Geller said.
“With the emergence of China as a second nuclear peer, the United States needs a new strategy that can deter both countries at once, which it will not be able to do enough in the future with its current strategy and stance.”
Ultimately, Kendall said, the current situation was the result of an ongoing failure, or naivety, on the part of America regarding the future of nuclear proliferation after the end of the Cold War.
“We thought things would change permanently at the end of the Cold War,” Kendall said.
“They have not.”