Sunday, April 16, 2017
Retired Pacific Fleet Intelligence Chief Calls for Tougher Military Policy on China
Free Beacon by Natalie Johnson --
A former Pacific Fleet Intelligence director called on the Trump administration to reassert U.S. military presence in the Indo-Asia Pacific region to deter China from continuing its aggressive campaign of maritime expansion.
Retired U.S. Navy Capt. James Fanell urged President Donald Trump on Thursday to recalibrate U.S. military policy to recognize China as the greatest threat to American national security interests, particularly given Beijing's territorial claims to Japan's uninhabited Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
"While Beijing would prefer to not fire a single shot to restore what its leaders claim as sovereign territory, the [People's Liberation Army] has tightened its noose around the Senkaku islands and is now more prepared than ever to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to restore China's perceived sovereign territory," Fanell testified Thursday before the Congressional U.S.-China Commission.
Fanell said the Trump administration needs to send a clear signal to Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States will take military action against China if it attempts to occupy the pair of Japanese islands.