A key Naval commander recently told lawmakers that U.S. Indo-Pacific Command needs more funding to help combat the growing threat posed by China.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Adm. Phil Davidson wrote a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee last month to plead his case.
The 2020 budget, Davidson wrote, falls short on enough funding to support "immediate and necessary resources" for the Indo-Pacific Command, which covers more than 100 million square miles.
Davidson said more funding would support Army units in Asia, air defense units, upgrading Navy guided-missile destroyers, and building a system to defend Guam from attacks.
"I appreciate your continued support and advocacy for those critical capabilities necessary to counter the pernicious actions of our near peer rivals," Davidson wrote.
China has stepped up its military actions in recent years, which includes building and arming artificial islands in disputed waters of the South China Sea and allegedly shining lasers at U.S. military aircraft.
In December, one Chinese military expert even called on the Chinese to "ram" the next U.S. warship that sails through disputed waters to which China stakes claim.
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