ABC News Online: 'Prolonged, destructive' United States, China war possible, ex-Obama intelligence adviser says
United States President Barack Obama's former chief intelligence adviser has warned a war between the US and China would be long, destructive and could erupt if regional disputes already underway overheat.
David Gompert sent the warning to policy makers in a Rand Corporation report commissioned by the US Army.
"War between the United States and China could be so ruinous for both countries, for East Asia, and for the world that it might seem unthinkable," Mr Gompert wrote.
"If an incident occurred or a crisis overheated, both have an incentive to strike enemy forces before being struck by them.
"And if hostilities erupted, both have ample forces, technology, industrial might, and personnel to fight across vast expanses of land, sea, air, space, and cyberspace."
He said if such a war broke out today, China's losses would greatly exceed that of the US.
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More News On The RAND Report That Outlines How Destructive A War Between China And The U.S. Would be
The Specter of an Accidental China-U. S. War (WSJ)
US vs China war would be ‘intense, destructive, protracted’ (News.com.au)
Warning of ‘intense’ war as China’s military might approaches US (The Australian)
South China Sea dispute could lead to long and destructive US-China war (IBTImes)
New Report Details Why a War between China and America Would be Catastrophic (National Interest)
WNU Editor: The RAND Report by David Gompert is here.