Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey: I worry more about a China that falters economically than …

Tom Risen, “Joint Chiefs Chairman Dempsey: Troops Needed in Afghanistan,” U.S. News & World Report, 18 November 2013

On the subject of China as a possible future threat, Dempsey said there was a chance for good diplomacy with that country and that military competition “doesn’t have to be confrontational.”

“The Chinese have a different view of time than anyone else,” Dempsey said about China’s potential for patient diplomacy. “I worry more about a China that falters economically than I do about them building another aircraft carrier.”

China is also taking steps to “influence” North Korea from gaining nuclear weapons, which Dempsey said was the greater threat from Asia.

“I worry more about a provocation with [North Korea] that escalates than anything else,” Dempsey said.

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