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    China and Russia’s increasing confidence and modernizing military are ‘concerning,’ even ‘disconcerting,’ the head of the US Air Force in the Pacific, Gen. Lori Robinson said.

    During the Air Force Association conference Robinson said, “I get incredibly concerned about the capability gap decreasing [between the US and other nations]. That technology gap continues to get smaller and smaller, and for us that should be very disconcerting.”

    Robinson said that increased Russia’s long-range aviation complicates US strategy further.

    “They’re allowed to fly in that airspace. It’s international airspace,” Robinson noted. “But it’s new” that the Russians are exercising that right, Robinson said.

    Talking about what ‘concerns’ her about China, she said that Chinese aren’t just interested in US technology but are also interested in US people.

    “Chinese service members asked in fascination about the chevrons on the sleeves of American NCOs. The conversation led to a real human connection between the two countries’ personnel,” Breaking Defense website reported.

    She also noted that US and China have worked together in disaster prone areas such as Nepal after the earthquake of 2015. In a region prone to earthquakes, tsunamis, etc. humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) result in much of America’s work in collaboration with all its Pacific partners.

    Apart from humanitarian work, Robinson mentioned the aerial warfare in which she stressed that the US widely exceeds. In the huge annual Red Flag exercise, Robinson noted, “We had US E-3, Australian Wedge-tail, and a Japanese 767 performing command-and-control. It was incredible.”

    This sort of complex flying network is a major plus in aerial warfare, Robinson said.

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