House members issue statement on Chinese missile test

Three members of the House Armed Services Committee issued a statement on Monday after learning of a hypersonic cruise missile test in China.

Reps. Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), the committee chairman, Randy Forbes (R-Va.), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, and Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), the chairman of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, said China and other competitor nations are moving toward military parity with the U.S.

"While round after round of defense cuts have knocked America's technological advantage on its back, the Chinese and other competitor nations push towards military parity with the United States; in some cases, as in this one, they appear to be leaping ahead of us," the congressmen said. "This situation does nothing to support peaceful coexistence in the Pacific."

McKeon, Forbes and Rogers said the U.S. remains reliant on hardware from three decades ago to defend the nation.

"We have dithered for three decades now, delaying badly needed replacement equipment for our troops, relying on hardware that was built during the Reagan years," the congressmen said.

McKeon, Forbes and Rogers said the lack of defense advances by the U.S. are bringing a dangerous situation in the Asia Pacific region to a head.

"The Asia Pacific is fast becoming a powder keg," the congressmen said. "Allowing nations that do not share our respect for free and open avenues of commerce to gain a strategic advantage over the United States and her allies only brings us closer to lighting the fuse."