Biden slammed over US defence spending amid rising China threat: ‘Not going to cut it’

China undergoing 'rapid expansion' of military says expert

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Retired four-star General, Jack Keane, has attacked the Biden administration over new spending plans amid fears that funding for the military will be cut. President Joe Biden’s budget offered extra investment for infrastructure, healthcare, and education in the wake of the Covid pandemic. However FOX News senior strategic analyst, General Keane has warned that a failure to increase the US military budget is “just not going to cut it” when it comes to meeting the challenge posed by China.

Asked whether China was likely to cut military spending, General Keane told Fox News: “No, in fact, they are going through the most rapid expansion in their military capability in their history.

“It was already significant before President Xi came in in 2013 but he really pushed the accelerator and put it in fast forward.

“This budget we are dealing with here is not recognising the threat we are facing.

“Yes, it is not the draconian cuts the Obama Biden administration made when they were in power for eight years, that was 20 percent cuts and that literally cut into the bone.”

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He continued: “But that dug a very deep hole that the Trump administration began to dig us out of but we said this we take somewhere from six to eight years in increased budgets year over year somewhere in the neighbourhood of three to five percent.

“To get us back to the kind of parity that we want. “

General Keane added: “Listen our commanders have come before the Senate and the House and have both said, both of our Pacific commanders one outgoing and one incoming have said pretty much the same thing.

“There is no guarantee if we fought a war against China today that we would win, indeed we could lose.”

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He told Fox News: “They need additional funding to be able to put capability into the region that we desperately need to do build an effective deterrence.

“So that President Xi who is very ambitious and very aggressive we saw what he did to Hong Kong is not incentivized to take military action against Taiwan or against the South China Sea.

“Which the likelihood of such is increasing as we speak so the defence budget is a key document here in providing us with the kind of effective military deterrence that we need.

“And this slight increase doesn’t even account for inflation so when you put inflation in which is about two percent or so there is either a slight decline or it is completely flat.”

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The retired general added: “It is just not going to cut it.”

Xi Jinping has more than doubled China’s budget for its military in the last 10 years and has created the largest navy in the world with around 350 ships and submarines, with more than 130 major surface combatants.

But a security analyst has said the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is not invincible as China has not fought in a war in more than 40 years.

Oriana Skylar Mastro, an expert in Chinese security policy at Stanford University, warned: “In China, that’s a huge uncertainty, whether the troops would actually run toward the bullets, instead of away.”

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