WASHINGTON – Former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump said Monday that next month's presidential election winner will need to seek help from the international community to contain a more ambitious and aggressive China.
Retired Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster, who served as Trump's second national security advisor, described China as the greatest national security threat to the United States.
"I think whoever is sworn in on January 20th needs to strengthen international coordination and collaboration," McMaster said in an interview on CNBC's "Closing Bell".
"Since the 1990s, China has increased its military spending by 800%. This is the largest peacetime military buildup in history," he said, adding that the Chinese government has also "been much more aggressive in exporting its authoritarian mercantilist model overseas ".
"This is not just a problem between the US and China, but also a problem between the free world and China. If the world's largest economies work together to counter both Chinese and physical aggression, I think we can have a big one Contribute to conviction. " Xi Jinping said his aggressive strategy wasn't working, "said McMaster.
The crumbling Washington-Beijing ties have intensified after the world's two largest economies attempted to improve trade ties.
The Trump administration blames China for a variety of abuses, including intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, and the coronavirus pandemic.
In June, Trump's current national security adviser, Robert O'Brien, slammed China on a list of criminal offenses before saying that "the days of American passivity and naivety about the People's Republic of China are over".
Similarly, FBI Director Christopher Wray said the Trump administration would not allow the Chinese to continue espionage and cyberattacks against the United States in what he described as "one of the greatest wealth transfers in human history." .
Beijing hit back by saying the US was responsible for the deterioration in relations.
"The US is pressing the accelerator to disrupt China-US relations while China is putting the brakes on," Chinese State Department spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters in July.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic candidate against Trump, previously said he would work more closely with allies to secure a backlash against China. He has also said that he has spent more time with Xi Jinping during his political career than any other world leader, experience Trump lacks.