China’s ‘Breathtaking’ Pace in Military Modernization Poses Serious Threat to US, Admiral Says

Navy Admiral Charles Richard, the commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, which oversees the country’s nuclear weapons, on Thursday gave a dire warning about China’s rapidly increasing military capability. “We are witnessing a strategic breakout by China. The explosive growth and modernization of its nuclear and conventional forces can only be what I describe as breathtaking,” Richard said. “Business as usual will not work.” “Make no mistake; China’s strategic breakout is cause for action,” he added. Richard made the remark while giving a speech at the Space and Missile Defense Symposium in Alabama on Aug. 12. He emphasized that he did not use the term “strategic breakout” lightly. He also emphasized that it is of the utmost importance to understand why China had been modernizing, and cautioned against simply judging Beijing’s capability as the difference in nuclear stockpile size between China and the United States. “What matters is they are …

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