Pentagon budget shows U.S. paranoia of China

March 18, 2019 - 22:26

TEHRAN - The U.S. paranoia about Chinese threat is evident in the defense budget released by Pentagon, which talks about Chinese bombers, Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese cyber-attacks, and Chinese anti-satellite weapons.

According to a report in Associated Press, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal, to a large degree, is “shaped by national security threats that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has summarized in three words: China, China, China."

The report states that Shanahan seeks to shift the U.S. military's main focus to what he considers the “more pressing security problem of a rapidly growing Chinese military.”

On Thursday Shanahan presented the Trump administration's proposed 2020 defense budget to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

In a testimony to the committee, Shanahan said China is “aggressively modernizing its military, systematically stealing science and technology, and seeking military advantage through a strategy of military-civil fusion.”

“Shanahan is hardly the first Defense chief to worry about China. Several predecessors pursued what the Obama administration called a "pivot" to the Pacific, with China in mind,” said the report.

“But Shanahan sees it as an increasingly urgent problem that exceeds traditional measures of military strength and transcends partisan priorities,” it adds.

Reacting to the report, a Chinese analyst said U.S. obsession with China has to do with its insecurity and paranoia as China is slowly replacing the U.S. as the global leader and superpower.

“It’s natural that the Trump administration will feel uneasy and rattled by China’s growth,” he said.

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