For the first time since China's rapid ascent as a regional military power, officers in Beijing believe the Chinese army could invade Taiwan or attack a disputed island while also deterring intervention by U.S. Pacific Command.
In other words, top Chinese military planners are now convinced they could defeat the United States. And some American thinkers are coming to believe the same thing.
"U.S. forces in the region are becoming increasingly vulnerable to China's anti-access capabilities," David Gompert, a former Acting Director of National Intelligence now working for the think tank RAND, told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 30.
"This creates the prospect of regional instability, loss of U.S. influence, and heightened threat of conflict," Gompert warned.
to read more: theweek.com
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