English Version – Elbridge Colby, former Pentagon advisor: “The United States is not ready for a high-intensity war with China”

October 30, 2023

But overall the Biden Administration is not moving with anywhere near the requisite urgency, scale, or speed to address the threat China poses. I think this ultimately stems from their liberal internationalism in foreign policy and their related lack of emphasis on the importance of the military balance. They appear to think that norms, sanctions, and international institutions will help deter China in Asia. That is an unreasonable assessment. The thing that will deter and, if necessary, defeat Chinese military force in Asia is U.S. and allied military force.

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Elbridge Colby is co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a policy initiative focused on developing strategies to prepare the United States for an era of sustained great power competition.