One contender for Pentagon chief has suggested that American forces could bolster deterrence with the ability to “sink all” Chinese vessels “within 72 hours” in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo One contender for Pentagon chief has suggested that American forces could bolster deterrence with the ability to “sink all” Chinese vessels “within 72 hours” in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
One contender for Pentagon chief has suggested that American forces could bolster deterrence with the ability to “sink all” Chinese vessels “within 72 hours” in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo

A harder US line? Potential Pentagon chief floated idea to sink China fleet in 72 hours

  • Michele Flournoy, who is reportedly in the running for the top US defence job, suggested in June that a stronger American deterrence in the South China Sea might make the Chinese military think twice
  • But her proposal might be difficult to achieve as it involves a huge reallocation of resources, observers say

Topic |   US-China relations
One contender for Pentagon chief has suggested that American forces could bolster deterrence with the ability to “sink all” Chinese vessels “within 72 hours” in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo One contender for Pentagon chief has suggested that American forces could bolster deterrence with the ability to “sink all” Chinese vessels “within 72 hours” in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
One contender for Pentagon chief has suggested that American forces could bolster deterrence with the ability to “sink all” Chinese vessels “within 72 hours” in the South China Sea. Photo: Weibo
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