The Washington Times Weekly - - Geopolitics -

The chair­man of the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee this week crit­i­cized the White House for re­strict­ing the Pen­tagon and U.S. mil­i­tary from ac­cu­rately de­scrib­ing the grow­ing threat posed by China.

“Pro­tect­ing our na­tional se­cu­rity starts with the truth,” Rep. Mac Thorn­berry said.

“China is not our en­emy, but they are our com­peti­tors in many ar­eas,” the Texas Repub­li­can said in a state­ment. “Or­der­ing the mil­i­tary to use po­lit­i­cally-cor­rect lan­guage does not change the re­al­ity we face.”

Mr. Thorn­berry said the U.S. would be bet­ter off if Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil staff mem­ber put more ef­fort into ad­dress­ing real prob­lems faced by the na­tion in­stead of mi­cro­manag­ing pol­i­tics.

The chair­man was re­spond­ing to a Navy Times re­port this week that stated a pres­i­den­tial di­rec­tive or­dered Pen­tagon lead­ers to stop us­ing the term “great power com­pe­ti­tion” and sim­i­lar phrases in pub­lic ref­er­ences to China. The re­stric­tions are part of po­lit­i­cally cor­rect poli­cies of the White House that has sought to play down the threat posed by China, which has turned in­creas­ingly hos­tile to­ward the United States de­spite close trade and fi­nan­cial ties.

Re­tired Navy Capt. Jim Fanell, a for­mer Pa­cific Fleet in­tel­li­gence di­rec­tor, crit­i­cized the re­stric­tions.

“The no­tion that the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China is not a com­peti­tor to the United States of Amer­ica is a de­nial of re­al­ity,” he said. “The PRC to­day is chal­leng­ing the United States ev­ery time a U.S. Navy war­ship en­ters the South and East China Sea. Con­fronta­tions at sea over the past decade have largely been more as­sertive in their ap­proach and com­plete in their cov­er­age.”

Ad­di­tion­ally, China has turned away Navy ships from port calls, and has de­manded to take part in large U.S.led mil­i­tary ex­er­cises.

China’s new deep-wa­ter naval forces is part of what Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping has called the “China Dream,” a pol­icy based a strate­gic com­pe­ti­tion with the United States, Capt. Fanell said.

“No mat­ter how much we may wish to deny this re­al­ity, the fact is that China is a great power and, more wor­ri­some, has be­come an in­creas­ingly ag­gres­sive com­peti­tor whose sights are set on dis­plac­ing the United States and her al­lies from their cur­rent po­si­tions on the

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