China's military modernisation emphasises development of capabilities with the potential to degrade core US military-technological advantages, General Paul Selva of the US Air Force said in a written response to questions to the US Senate Armed Services Committee considering his nominee for reconfirmation as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"The Chinese have shown their willingness to exploit their economic leverage as a way to advance their regional political objectives. As China's military modernisation continues, the United States and its allies and partners will continue to be challenged to balance China's influence," General Selva said.
According to General Selva, China's leaders remain focused on developing the capabilities to increase its regional influence and to counter any third-party intervention - including by the United States - during a crisis or conflict.
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