Army General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, warned on Thursday that China’s military was rapidly expanding its capabilities, adding that the US should take steps to ensure it has a competitive advantage going forward. Keep it up

Milley, who has served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff since September 2019, made the assessment during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday. Top US general cautioned that the Chinese military is building up its capabilities at a “very serious and sustained rate”, Reuters previously reported.

“We must make sure we maintain our competitive and technical edge,” Milley said.

The top general’s remarks come as Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and President Joe Biden have raised similar concerns about China’s growing military prominence and influence around the world. Austin described China’s behavior as “increasingly assertive” in defending Biden’s proposed $715 billion military budget for the 2022 fiscal year, according to bloomberg.

“The request is motivated by our recognition that our competitors—especially China—continue to advance their capabilities,” Austin said during a Senate committee hearing on Thursday. “We must advance those advances to remain a credible deterrent to conflict around the world,” he warned.

Although Republicans and former President Donald Trump have repeatedly attacked Biden for being “weak” in China, the new administration has largely maintained the same policies of the former White House. Last week, Biden signed an executive order to try and extend a Trump-era ban on investments with some Chinese companies linked to the East Asian country’s military-industrial complex and surveillance industry. The blacklist includes 59 Chinese companies, which have barred American individuals or companies from doing business with them.

Biden pointed to China’s growing influence and rapid growth, prompting Congress to support its proposal for large infrastructure spending. In February, the president argued that China would “eat our lunch” if the US did not increase investment.

“They’re investing a lot of money, they’re investing billions of dollars and dealing with a whole range of issues related to transportation, the environment and a whole range of other things,” the president said.

He continued: “They’re going to, you know, if we don’t move, they’re going to eat our lunch.”

Chinese officials have repeatedly pushed back against the tough rhetoric coming from top US officials.

“At a time when the world is entering a period of turmoil and change, the practice of treating China as an ‘imaginary enemy’ at every turn goes against the general trend of the world, is unpopular around the world and causes failure. cursed for it.” The Foreign Affairs Committee of the National People’s Congress said in a statement this week.

Granthshala The Chinese embassy in Washington, DC was reached for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.