Chinese military ‘significantly’ more aggressive and dangerous in past five years, US’ top military officer warns | World News

China’s military has become significantly more dangerous and aggressive over the past five years, the US’ top military officer has warned.

Speaking in Indonesia, General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the number of intercepts by Chinese aircraft and ships in the Pacific region on US and other partner forces has increased significantly over that time.

The number of unsafe interactions has risen by similar proportions, he said.

“The message is the Chinese military, in the air and at sea, have become significantly more and noticeably more aggressive in this particular region,” he said.

The US is increasing its efforts to strengthen its relationships with Pacific nations to balance out the threat from China, which is trying to expand its influence and presence in the region.

President Joe Biden’s administration has said China is its “pacing threat” and the US’s primary long-term security challenge.

Gen Milley’s trip to the region is focused…

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