A U.S. admiral who is expected to become Washington's next ambassador to South Korea warned that China's "dream of hegemony" was the greatest threat to America in Asia. "And a nuclear-capable North Korea with missiles that can reach the United States is unacceptable", Admiral Harry Harris said in a change-of-command speech.
China, however, "remains our biggest long-term challenge", Harris added.
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Admiral Harris' feedback, which had been reported by CNN, got here at an occasion which noticed him hand over the reins of the US Pacific Command to Admiral Phil Davidson.
In his address, Harris also urged his successor to keep an eye on Russian Federation, whose presence he called "the spoiler" in the Indo-Pacific region.
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During his term at the Pacific Command, Harris had issued warnings on China as Beijing had pursued a more muscular military posture in the Pacific and established a military presence on man-made islands in areas the United States and its allies contend are worldwide waters. Together, he said, Russian Federation and China on one side and the United States and its allies on the other were now in a "geopolitical competition between the free and repressive visions of the world order". "Freedom and justice hang in the balance".
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