tirsdag 7. desember 2021

China's Stepped-Up Operations Near Taiwan Look 'Like Rehearsals,' Says Defense Sec. Austin

China's recent push to increase its military presence near Taiwan "looks a lot like rehearsals," U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austinsaid Saturday. Austin made the comment during a Reagan National Defense Forum speech in California on Saturday, according to France 24. China's military appears to be "exploring their true capabilities," he added.

In recent months, China has flown an increased number of military planes near Taiwan, heightening tensions between the Washington and Beijing. Austin said the U.S. is committed to supporting "Taiwan's ability to defend itself while also maintaining our capacity to resist any resort to force that would jeopardize the security of the people of Taiwan." He also addressed China's efforts to ramp up its military capabilities, and stressed that the U.S. isn't intimidated. A report released by the Pentagon in November estimated that China is rapidly expanding its nuclear force. The Pentagon estimates that the nation could increase its nuclear missile count to 1,000 by 2030.