UPDATED 11:01 AM PT – Monday, September 21, 2020
A former national security advisor recently highlighted the danger posed to international security by increased aggression from China.
Retired U.S. Army General H.R. McMaster made this point during an interview Sunday. He added that while in his view the 21st Century will be characterized by competition between China and the U.S., the conflict cannot be directly compared to the Cold War due to the level to which the Chinese and American economies are currently intertwined.
“China is acting… now much more aggressively because they think it’s time to do it. They have a window of opportunity to exploit [U.S.] weaknesses and to come after us,” says former national security adviser and retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. https://t.co/6CSwiMWDu2 pic.twitter.com/9g4nyBcKA0
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According to General McMaster, this economic relationship carries with it intrinsic dangers and could weaken American institutions as well as the rules-based international system that was established after the second World War.
“I describe their approach as co-option..co-opt us in with the lure of access to their market and short-term profits and then coerce us,” he explained. “Coerce us to adhere to their worldview and to make concessions that allow them to achieve competitive advantage against us.”
McMaster served in the Trump administration for 13-months after being initially appointed in 2017. He said the Chinese government fears losing control resulting in an” Orwellian-like” grip on its citizens.
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