The U.S. Air Force has made a wide range of complementary investments to increase the survivability of its military facilities across East Asia.
Posted BY: RM | NwoReport
The U.S. Air Force has since the early 2010s concentrated a growing portion of its investments into preparations for a potential hot war against a major state adversary in the Western Pacific. The shift followed the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia,” aimed at reorienting American military and diplomatic attention toward countering China. The policy, later rephrased as a “rebalance,” was stimulated by China’s rise to become a world leader in key areas of high tech, as well as its emergence as the world’s largest economy in 2014 and the world’s greatest spender on defense acquisitions in 2020.
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From by far the world’s largest military shipbuilding capacity, to its position as the only country other than the United States to field full squadrons of indigenous fifth-generation fighter aircraft, China’s growing economic and technological prowess have fast translated into a tremendous military potential, despite its low defense spending as a proportion of GDP. The country’s rise has challenged not only U.S. dominance of the regional order in East Asia, but centuries of Western-dominated order sustained largely through the projection of U.S. and European military force into the Western Pacific.