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Khalilzad: Is America ready to confront China?

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

Zalmay Khalilzad, former U.S. representative for Afghanistan peace affairs, states that the new defense budget of the Biden administration indicates that China poses the greatest threat to America. However, Khalilzad believes that in the event of conflict, America is not militarily prepared to confront China adequately.

The Biden administration presented the country’s military budget for approval next fiscal year, amounting to over $850 billion last month. Zalmay Khalilzad and Robert O’Brien, former National Security Advisor to the Trump administration, wrote in a joint article on the National Interest website that America must take steps to rebuild its military capabilities. According to them, “fundamental changes must occur.”

These two former Trump administration officials wrote that not only Russia and China but also smaller powers perceive America as weakened and exploit this situation to expand their sphere of influence.

Khalilzad and O’Brien stated that the competition between China and America is not limited to Taiwan and the South China Sea alone. They explicitly referred to warming relations between Beijing and Middle Eastern countries, writing, “China, presuming that America is withdrawing from the Middle East, is expanding its influence in this region.”

China accuses American officials of using a Cold War mindset to hinder its growth. Former U.S. Ambassador and Security Advisor advised enhancing military capabilities against China.

They stress America and its allies need more weapons, as evidenced by the Ukraine-Russia conflict. They urge Biden to boost NATO budgets, forge stronger Indo-Pacific ties including Japan and India, and confront China politically for global liberal order’s sake.

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