US slams China’s pattern of ‘aggressive’ military behavior

“It won’t be long before somebody gets hurt,” a White House official told reporters.

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The US slammed China on Monday over what it said was a pattern of increasing military aggressiveness from Beijing.

“It won’t be long before somebody gets hurt,” National Security Council Spokesman John Kirby told reporters during a briefing. “That’s the concern with these unsafe and unprofessional intercepts.”


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Over the weekend, a Chinese warship cut in front of a US destroyer in international waters. And two weeks ago, a Chinese fighter pilot flew close to a US Air Force aircraft. Both incidents were recorded, and videos were released by the US.

Kirby said that Washington was prepared to address this “growing aggressiveness” by China.

“We’re not going anywhere,” he added, referring to US presence in the Indo-Pacific. “We’ve got real needs there, and we’re going to stay there, and we’re going to continue to strengthen and revitalize those alliances and partnerships.”

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