The visible gap between the military capabilities of the USA and China, which was visible three or two decades ago, is gradually narrowing, according to the Voice of America radio portal. The US is concerned about the growing military power of China and Russia, and the development of the Chinese military is a serious challenge for the US military.
– Combined, the budgets of Russia and China exceed our budget, if we are to put all the cards on the table – General Mark Milley, chairman of the college of the US chiefs of staffs of the US Armed Forces, told the Senate Committee of the Armed Forces on Thursday. He called the growth trend in China’s spending “worrying”.
China and Russia are the two biggest competitors of the US in terms of military strength, and US defense ministers – from Jim Mattis to Lloyd Austin, point out that the development of the Chinese military is a serious challenge for the US military. The visible gap between the military capabilities of the USA and China, which was visible three or two decades ago, is gradually narrowing, the Voice of America radio portal reported.
Mark Milley and Defense Minister Lloyd Austin previously said that this year’s US military spending level of $ 715 billion required “tough choices” to be made, but the country is “adequately defended”.
“For too long we have been asking our armed forces to do so much with too little resources,” Republican Senator Jim Inhofe recently called for an increase in military spending, quoted by Voice of America. According to his calculations, in terms of purchasing power, China spends $ 604 billion on the military, and Russia around $ 200 billion.
Budget reduced by $ 6 billion
This year’s US military budget prepared by the Joe Biden administration is 6 billion dollars less than the proposal from the time of former President Donald Trump. Democratic Senator Tim Kaine defended the decision, explaining that while the army was theoretically spending more money under Trump, the money was often spent on “non-military emergencies,” such as building a wall along the country’s southern border.
According to the Stockholm Institute for Peace Research (SIPRI), in 2020 the US spent $ 778 billion on the military, China – $ 252 billion, and Russia – $ 61.7 billion.
Senator Angus King said on Thursday that “one of the most serious threats” could be “an accidental conflict with China.” It’s about the tensions around Taiwan and the South China Sea.
– I am concerned about something that could happen that could trigger a crisis (in China) and I think we need the ability to talk to both our allies and partners, but also our opponents or potential opponents – said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, quoted by the Voice of America.
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