A new US report has warned that American global military dominance may be coming to an end as China rises, saying Beijing is pursuing a “deliberate, patient and robustly resourced” strategy to achieve military superiority.
The report was written by former US deputy defense secretary Robert Work and his former special assistant Greg Grant and published by the Center for a New American Security, a think tank based in Washington, DC.
China’s initial goal is to make it too costly for the US military to intervene in East Asia, and to ultimately become the world’s leading military force, according to the study.
“China is keenly focused on blunting the US military’s technological superiority, even as it strives to achieve technological parity, and eventually technological dominance,” the report says.
“It has studied the preferred American way of war and devised a strategy to exploit its weaknesses and offset its strengths, particularly its military-technological strengths,” the authors added.
“The US Joint Force is close to becoming the victim of a deliberate, patient, and robustly resourced military-technical offset strategy,” they wrote.
China now has the second largest military budget in the world behind the US, investing huge amounts in its armed forces over the past two decades, the report says.
The study comes as an increasing number of US experts, as well as current and former Pentagon officials, are warning about China’s rising military power.
A study commissioned by Congress and published last year concluded that the United States had lost its military edge to a dangerous level and could lose an armed conflict against China in certain situations.
In early 2018, the administration of US President Donald Trump unveiled a new National Defense Strategy, which calls on the US military to shift its focus away from counter-terrorism and instead concentrate on “great power competition” from China and Russia.
The study also comes as the United States and China have increased tariffs on billions worth of each other’s goods in an escalation of the trade war between the world’s two largest economies.