Sep 11, 2019
A number of leading political figures have consistently downplayed both the economic and military threat from China. Democrat presidential front-runner Joe Biden stated earlier this year, referring to China, "What are we worried about?" It was a follow up to a comment he made in 2018, when he stated "China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man!"
The Reuters news service notes that "...neither Warren, Sanders
nor other candidates have made dealing with China, one of the
biggest issues facing the current administration, a significant
part of their platform."
Among the mistaken reasons cited for the lack of concern over China's military threat is the obsolete notion that Beijing's military, while large, is not sophisticated. China's government itself has now provided the information that refutes that error, in a white paper from its State Council Information Office entitled "China's National Defense in the New Era."