A future war between China and the US would be "intense, destructive, and protracted", US President Barack Obama's former chief intelligence adviser warned US policy makers on Monday (August 15). David Gompert sent the warning in a Rand Corporation report commissioned by the US Army.
"War between the United States and China could be so ruinous for both countries, for East Asia, and for the world that it might seem unthinkable…The United States can no longer be so certain that war would follow its plan and lead to decisive victory," Mr Gompert wrote.
Looking ahead, the report predicts that with the possibility that China's economy may overtake the US' by 2025, and with Chinese technological advances, the military gap between the US and China is set to narrow.
"Even then, however, China could not be confident of gaining military advantage, which suggests the possibility of a prolonged and destructive, yet inconclusive, war."