facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.S. worried about Chinese military

Aug. 25, 2011 at 1:31 PM   |   Comments

1 of 4
| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Washington is pursuing a cooperative relationship with Beijing but is concerned about the "pace and scope" of China's military investments, an official said.

U.S. Rep. Howard McKeon, R-Calif., chairman of the Armed Services Committee, in a statement, said he had concerns after reviewing the latest report to Congress on Chinese military developments.

He said he was concerned that China was being overly assertive in the western Pacific, adding these actions had "significant consequences" for security in the region. Furthermore, he said, the Chinese economy gives Beijing reason to believe it can capitalize on the global financial crisis by exploiting U.S. economic uncertainty.

McKeon said that if U.S. allies in the region came to believe that Washington was sacrificing strategic interests to control spending, regional security would be jeopardized.

"This is an unacceptable outcome in such a vital region of the globe," he said.

Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for East Asia, in a briefing to reporters, said China's expanding military capabilities made it an important partner in peacekeeping and disaster relief operations.

Washington, he said, welcomes a "strong" China that is an active contributor to peace and security in the region.

"However, the pace and scope of China's sustained military investments have allowed China to pursue capabilities that we believe are potentially destabilizing to regional military balances, increase the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation, and may contribute to regional tensions and anxieties," he said.

© 2011 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church Pope Francis condemns 'hostile inflexibility' within the church
2
Elizabeth Warren continues chanting: 'The game is rigged' Elizabeth Warren continues chanting: 'The game is rigged'
3
Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting Eric Frein manhunt refocuses after possible sighting
4
Sweden continues search for suspected Russian submarine Sweden continues search for suspected Russian submarine
5
Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier Early completion of refit of Italian aircraft carrier
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback