CNN:Against the rise of China, the United States will pay a high price
【Overseas Chinese News】CNN published an article entitled”The Real Costs for a New Round of Confrontation with China” on July 2 for the new support of the two parties in Congress aimed at combating the rise of China The defense proposal was analyzed in depth.
The article is translated as follows:
The outbreak of the New Coronary Pneumonia epidemic in China has provided some people in Washington with an excuse to confront Beijing more openly. .
Peter Navarro, a senior White House adviser, accused the Chinese government of using the epidemic for his own benefit. A senator even claimed that China was “trying to undermine” US efforts to develop vaccines and wanted to “ Dominate the world”. Steve Bannon, President Trump’s 2016 campaign planner, also attributed the death of African-American man George Floyd to the wrong behavior of China.
A new proposal called”Pacific Deterrence Initiative” was recently included in the” developed by the Senate Military Committee National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). This billion-dollar defense budget proposal is to counter China’s rise.
If the Senate Military Committee is able to do so, this plan will cost nearly US$7 billion in the next two years and add another billions of dollars in the next few years. Compared to the budget of 738 billion US dollars held by the Pentagon, this money is not much, but it is worthless.
The”Pacific Deterrence Plan” is both wrong and unnecessary. US spending on military spending is 2.5 times that of China, and there is no evidence that China has the ambition to compete with the US or want to replace the US military position in the world.
Investing more money in military confrontation is not only a waste of resources, but it may also cause adverse effects.
When cooperation with Beijing should become the focus, large-scale military construction in East Asia by the United States will cause China’s resistance. Obviously, it is necessary to solve the global economic recession, solve the current and future epidemics and climate change issues. It seemed unnecessary before me. Washington may think that this action was carried out to improve defense, but China may consider it as a precursor to attacks on its own interests.
The cost of the”Pacific Deterrence Plan” is very significant, and this military operation lacks support. Eurasia Group Foundation polls show that the vast majority of US respondents support reducing rather than increasing US military deployments in Asia. A study by the foundation also showed that in response to China’s growing influence in Asia, most Americans tend to reduce rather than increase US military deployments in Asia. Among them, the most common reason is to be able to”reduce the unnecessary burden on soldiers and taxpayers.”
Obviously, Americans believe that their country has been over-expanding for decades. This view is reasonable.
In the final analysis, perhaps the biggest cost of the”Pacific Deterrence Plan” is not that it will misread Asia’s geopolitics and security developments, but that it will misunderstand the United States’ security interests and distort American political preferences. (End)