Sen. Mike Rounds (R-SD) relayed a stark message to the American public this week. The People’s Republic of China is attempting to surpass the U.S. “in all areas,” and countering this aggression will take a concerted effort by the nation.
Appearing on Newsmax’s “The Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Tuesday, Rounds emphasized that it is up to Congress and the Pentagon to keep pace with China’s communists technologically.
He also credited present military advancements with keeping the geopolitical stage moving in a “peaceful direction.”
This is despite many experts believing that the near future will be shaped almost wholly by the rivalry between the U.S. and China. The Russian invasion of Ukraine dominated the 2022 headlines, but the Chinese communists are undoubtedly the U.S.’s main rivals.
The Republican said that the high-tech deployment of the B-21 Stealth Bomber combined with the deployment of the Sentinel missiles is keeping the CCP mostly at bay. He pointed as well towards the U.S. upgrading its deep-sea submarine fleet as another deterrent to further aggression.
It is this deterrence, he declared, “which will provide for peace. Rounds warned that “if we don’t stay on that course, it can be very, very expensive.” That’s because there is nowhere that the Chinese Communist Party is not attempting to “take the upper hand.”
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Whether it’s in the air, on land, on the ocean, in cyberspace, concerning artificial intelligence, or outer space, there is a race between the world’s two superpowers for superiority.
Rounds strongly recommended a course of action including upgrading heavy weaponry and the nation’s nuclear capabilities. These must be undertaken, he said, so the country is never in a position of being dictated to by Beijing.
Peace through strength is a Reagan-era philosophy that still rings true today. As the Republican senator stated “if we do, if we stay on time and on target, then we will have peace.”
If not, then weakness will lead to China asking themselves whether they are now in a position “to take the upper hand.”
Concerning last week’s Chinese spy balloon incident, Rounds correctly called into question the Biden administration allowing a spy vehicle to enter U.S. airspace and then travel across the continent before decisive action was taken. This was hardly a display of strength.