On Saturday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Fox News’s Bret Baier that China is not 10 feet tall. In the Pacific region, the United States is a significant player. As well as tremendous opportunities, this is a troubled place. These issues include a more assertive and authoritarian China.
Senior military-industrial leaders joined Austin on Saturday to emphasize the need to strengthen US-allied ties in the Pacific and worldwide. Since World War II, China and Russia have been building formidable defenses that haven’t been seen since. He stated that there is no doubt that they are up against a formidable foe and are better able to fight and win together.
Moreover, Austin said the US would not compel nations to choose between China and the US. He noted that the Biden administration wants to maintain the status quo in the region rather than change it. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is moving to “reunify” Taiwan with the mainland, escalating Indo-Pacific tensions. China, the UN, and the US officially recognized Taiwan as a sovereign nation as part of the “one-China” policy under the Taiwan Relations Act, three Joint Communiques, and the Six Assurances.
Officials stated Saturday that the US would maintain its one-China policy while supporting Taiwanese defenses. Austin told Fox News that they recognized China’s threat. However, this is America, not China. China’s defense goals go beyond its Indo-Pacific expansion.
Therefore, because of the CCP’s ongoing efforts to expand its nuclear program and conduct ballistic missile tests, security authorities have grown anxious about how the United States would respond. He said that “there is no doubt that they have some of the best inventors in the world and will go to any length to maintain our competitive advantage.” However, while China is a competitor, Austin argues that a fight is unnecessary.