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Christine Wormuth, Army secretary: Service to play key role in regional competition with China

Added 12-02-21 04:35:02pm EST - “The Army may have spent the past 20 years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan but Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said the service she leads will still play a major role in any future conflict with China in the Indo-Pacific region.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Army secretary said service to play key role in rising regional competition with China”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Army may have spent the past 20 years fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan but Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said the service she leads will still play a major role in any future conflict with China in the Indo-Pacific region.

Speaking this week at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Ms. Wormuth said China‘s focus on rapidly modernizing its military capabilities will strengthen Beijing’s ability to coerce Taiwan and any other regional rival in territorial disputes.

The U.S. is engaged in a competition with China that has far-reaching consequences. China has the most ships of any nation in the world and the largest air force within the Indo-Pacific region, she said.

“China has missiles that can sink ships and bring down airplanes,” Ms. Wormuth said. “They have missiles that can reach U.S. bases in Japan and Guam, exposing our planes and runways to attack. Not only does China have advanced precision weapons, it has them in large and growing quantities.”

While naval and air operations get the most attention in the Indo-Pacific region, Secretary Wormuth said the Army is poised to carry out a number of crucial functions in the event of a conflict with China. It will act as the “linchpin” service, securing and protecting staging areas and joint operating bases for air and naval forces in the theater.

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