China had learned how the US went to war in the Middle East, and used these lessons to advance the development of its own military, said the current army chief of staff, Mark Milley, at his Senate committee hearing.
"China went to school with us," Milley said when asked a question from Democratic Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia.
"They have been watching us closely in the First Gulf War, the Second Gulf War, and they have been watching and in many ways imitating our abilities and adopting many of the teachings and organizations."
Milley asked questions as he was the most important military advisor acted by the president and deal with the pressure of the submission of his own opinions in the Oval Office.
If confirmed, he will appoint the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Joseph Dunford, as the highest ranking military officer in the United States and the most important military advisor to the President. This transition would come at a time when the Trump government is facing a series of geopolitical challenges, including the further expansion of Chinese military power in areas such as the South China Sea.
"China is improving its military very, very quickly – in space, in the air, on the Internet, at sea and in the countryside," Milley said. "They're giving us more money for research, development and procurement … We, the United States, need to make sure that we do not lose our advantages over other countries, especially China."
Milley pointed out that "China is not the enemy," but a "competitor."
The term "enemy" means "you are at war," he added. "We are not there, we do not want to be there, we want peace, not war, with China."
Kaine warn is not the only Senator raising questions about China. When Republican Senator David Perdue from Georgia asked if the rebuilding of the Chinese military was a long-term threat, Milley replied, "I think China is the biggest challenge to US national security over the next 50-100 years. a historian in 2119 will look back on this century and write a book, and the central theme of the story will be the relationship between the United States and China. "
Milley, tapped by Trump as Trump's next chairman The Joint Chiefs commanded units of the 10th Mountain Division and the 101st Air Force last December and served several combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After becoming Army Chief of Staff in 2015, Milley helped monitor the army's transition from large-scale counterinsurgency campaigns in countries like Iraq and Afghanistan, which instead focus on similar challenges from Russia and China.