According to the VOA radio website on February 11, U.S. President Biden said during a visit to the Pentagon on Wednesday that the Department of Defense has set up a new China task force to meet the growing challenges posed by China.
The report pointed out that this is the first time that U.S.
President Biden has visited the Ministry of Defense as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
Biden said the task force will work quickly, using civilian and military experts from the Department of Defense agencies to make recommendations to Secretary Austin in the coming months that address key priorities and decision-making points in order to “plan a solid way forward in matters related to China”.
How to respond to China, Biden said, requires the efforts of the whole government, congressional bipartisan cooperation, and strong alliances and partnerships to ensure that the American people win in future competitions.
According to the report, according to the Ministry of Defense, the working group will be composed of 15 civilian and military personnel from the Office of the Minister of Defense, the Joint Staff, the various services, operational orders and intelligence services.
The working group is headed by Ratner, Special Assistant to Secretary Austin.
Ratner worked in Biden’s office when he was a senator and served as his deputy national security adviser when he was vice president.
The report said that the work of the group will play a central role in guiding Austin’s China policy.
The retired army general spent most of his military career in the Middle East. He served as the commander of the United States Central Command, the chief of army staff, and the commander of the U.S. military in Iraq, but lacked experience in the Indo-Pacific region, especially China.
However, he has said that the Asian region will be the center of his attention.