“At a recent hearing at the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Committee, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy told lawmakers she’s concerned that China would be more risk-prone as its Navy continues to grow.

“‘I think China views the United States in a period of inevitable decline and withdrawal from the world,” Flournoy said. ‘I think they risk underestimating the resolve, which can be provoked by the crisis…'”

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