China’s military on ‘concerning trajectory’: US general

SpaceWar.com reports: “A top US general has told AFP that China’s military is on a ‘concerning trajectory’, twinning rapidly improving capabilities with ‘more aggressive’ behaviour in the Pacific.

General Charles Flynn, who commands more than 107,000 Pacific-based US Army personnel, said Chinese forces have made an ‘enormous amount of progress’ in recent years.

‘The trajectory that they have been following for the last decade, if I multiply that into the next decade, that is a concerning trajectory,’ the four-star general told AFP in a video interview from Hawaii on Wednesday.

Under Xi Jinping’s decade-long rule, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has morphed from an ill-equipped and ineffective force into one of the world’s fastest-growing and most potent.

Beijing also has the world’s largest navy and a growing nuclear and ballistic arsenal, fuelled by a defence budget that is second only to that of the United States…”

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