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A new tool to help the United States predict China’s provocative actions

U.S. military commanders in the Pacific have developed a software program to predict how the Chinese government will respond to US actions in the region, including congressional visits to troubled areas such as Taiwan. Said the news agency Reuters.

The relationship between China and the United States is at an all-time high. The United States has repeatedly warned that China does not agree with Xi Jinping’s conduct on the Vietnam issue. Invited in August Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States who visited the Vietnamese capital Hanoi to take drastic action against China’s actions in the South China Sea.

Predicting Chinese reactions

The U.S. military now wants to predict when certain actions will hurt China. That is why some U.S. military commanders in the Pacific have developed a tool to predict such reactions. US Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks explained the new tool during a visit to the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command in Hawaii on Tuesday. Suggests that Reuters.

“What you see is you have to look at a very wide range of indicators, bind them together and then understand the connections between the threats,” Hicks said in an interview on a military flight to California.

Strategic friction

According to the security official, the tool calculates “strategic friction”. It looks at data from the beginning of 2020 and evaluates key activities that have affected US-China relations. The computerized system would allow the Pentagon to predict whether certain actions would trigger an excessive Chinese response.

In October, the Chinese military condemned the US and Canada for sending one warship each across the Taiwan Strait. “That incident and other similar incidents have spurred the need for the tool,” the deputy minister said. “This tool should ensure that the United States does not inadvertently provoke China.”

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The new software will allow U.S. officials to anticipate actions planned four months in advance.

(jvdh)