WASHINGTON, (BM) – U.S. Army General Mark Millie has warned that the world could enter an era of “potential international instability” due to China’s rise, which threatens U.S. status as the world’s dominant military power.
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“After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the United States was, in fact, the undisputed world military, political and economic power. With the rise of China, things are changing and changing fast,” he said, speaking to alumni of the ROTC class at Howard University.
He said the world order since the end of World War II – and, of course, since the end of the Cold War – has come under significant pressure in areas of vital interest to the United States. Still, it is now a period of potential international instability. Mark Millie also noted threats to global stability due to new technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, and hypersonic missiles.
“And they are extremely destructive and have the potential to be critical in warfare,” he said.
General Millie’s comments reflect the foreign policy priority of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration over China. The White House chief recently said the United States was vying with China for “victory in the 21st century.” U.S. officials, most notably Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, have often argued that China poses a threat to a “rules-based international order.”
Last week, Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin talked about how new technology would affect the war. According to him, waging a major war will differ from how previous wars have been fought. The U.S. Secretary of Defense called his term as a chief military leader in the Middle East his service in the “old wars”; the new ones in terms of behavior will be completely different.
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