China, Not Russia, Still Tops List of Threats to US

Voice of America News reports: “Russia’s war in Ukraine — portrayed by top U.S. officials as posing a danger to the United States itself — still trails China when it comes to long-term threats to America’s security, according to a top Pentagon official.

The warning from Ely Ratner, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary for Indo-Pacific security affairs, comes in testimony prepared for a hearing Wednesday by the House Armed Services Committee on security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region.

‘The PRC [People’s Republic of China] continues to present the most comprehensive and serious challenge to our national security,’ Ratner is set to tell lawmakers, according to a copy his opening statement obtained by VOA.

‘The PRC remains the only country with the will and increasingly the capability to dominate the Indo-Pacific region and displace the United States,’ Ratner warns, adding, ‘the PRC is pursuing its revisionist goals with increasingly coercive activities in the Taiwan Strait, the South and East China seas, along the Line of Actual Control with India, and beyond.’

This is not the first time Ratner has addressed the growing threat from Beijing…”

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