New US Military Strategy says China poses serious security concerns

The United States military released, July 1, The National Military Strategy of the
United States of America. The last National Military Strategy was published in 2011. Since the last release “global disorder has significantly increased while some of our comparative military advantage has begun to erode,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey said in the foreword of National Military Strategy 2015.

“We now face multiple, simultaneous security challenges from traditional state actors and transregional networks of sub-state groups – all taking advantage of rapid technological change,” the top US military official, General Dempsey said.

The new US military strategy says “China’s actions are adding tension to the Asia-Pacific region” adding that “its claims to nearly the entire South China Sea are inconsistent with international law.”

“The international community continues to call on China to settle such issues cooperatively and without coercion,” says in 2015 NMS. “China has responded with aggressive land reclamation efforts that will allow it to position military forces astride vital international sea lanes.”

It added that none from Russia, Iran, North Korea and China are believed to be seeking direct military conflict with the United States or its allies. Nonetheless, they each pose serious security concerns which the international community is working to collectively address by way of common policies, shared messages, and coordinated action.

“We continue to invest in a substantial military-to-military relationship with China and we remain ready to engage Russia in areas of common interest, while urging both nations to settle their disputes peacefully and in accordance with international law,” the new US military strategy adds.