Ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to China this week, President Xi Jinping’s military has been sending its bombers in the vicinity of the U.S. island territory of Guam in a move likely meant to deter the administration from challenging Chinese movements in the region.
National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster told a press gaggle during Air Force One’s flight to Japan on Saturday the U.S. is taking a very dim view of those provocations. And, he added, the Trump administration is willing to use military force to prove its resolve.
Referring to the bomber runs toward Guam, he said:
“I think the United States recognizes that any kind of military effort like that will not be in China’s interest. I think China recognizes that as well.”
McMaster went on to state that U.S. is willing to demonstrate that through a military philosophy known as “deter by denial,” which means using military force to convince an enemy—or potential enemy—it cannot accomplish its goals. While the phrase itself is not necessarily provocative, it’s certainly a more forceful message than the U.S. has conveyed to China over the last several administrations.
Full article: McMaster: U.S. Willing to Use Military Force With China (TruNews)