The Chinese regime is the biggest threat to the way of life in the United States, a senior Pentagon official warned Saturday.
John Rood, undersecretary of defense for the U.S. government warned at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado that strategists continue to underestimate the Chinese regime’s threat to the United States, according to The Washington Examiner.
“The top of the list is China in terms of [being] the one country, the largest country, with the ability to change our way of life in the United States and to change the global order for good or ill,” Rood said.
“It’s not well-understood by security thinkers that we are again in an ideological competition,” said the Pentagon’s chief defense policy adviser.
Rood reaffirmed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s warnings about the growing influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regime in the remote but strategically important Arctic and South America.
“Also, the Chinese are quietly gaining footholds in strategic places in the world such as Djibouti in the Horn of Africa — vital to shipping — and even in Greenland and Iceland, where future sea routes through the melting Arctic may open up,” in a statement from the Department of Defense.
“It’s promoting an authoritarian model, and it’s closely coupled with military activities: Strategic military activities, intelligence activities and the line between commercial activities in today’s China and those of the state is a very, very thin line that exists mostly on paper,” Rood said.
“There is a promotion of that philosophy around the world that we are seeing to an unprecedented degree,” Rood added in a statement.
Referring to the current conflict with Huawei, the official noted that the United States is open to trade and investment, but stressed the importance of maintaining a technological advantage over the Chinese regime.
According to Rood, the Chinese threat is long-term, as they are developing advanced cyber and space capabilities, as well as hypersonic weapons.
He concluded, by reaffirming the United States’ ability to build lasting relationships with allies and partners who value freedom and democracy.
On the contrary, for Rood, the Chinese regime, a communist dictatorship, cannot trample on these values and its model is not sustainable in the long term.