Think tank says China could quickly overwhelm U.S. military in Asia

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles drive are seen during a 2015 military parade in Beijing.

Chinese military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles drive are seen during a 2015 military parade in Beijing.

China could overwhelm the U.S. military in Asia within “hours,” according to a new study by the United States Study Center, a think tank at the University of Sydney in Australia.

“China has deployed a formidable array of precision missiles and other counter-intervention systems to undercut America’s military primacy,” according to the report.

China’s ability to overwhelm U.S. bases in the region quickly could leave America struggling to defend allies, leaving its defense strategy in the region “in the throes of an unprecedented crisis,” the report said.

China’s Foreign Ministry said it had not seen the think tank’s report but emphasized that its “national defense policy is defensive in nature.”

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