General Mark Milley, chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, named China and Russia as the global powers America is vying against Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives for the 2022 West Point Commencement Ceremony at West Point Military Academy on May 21, 2022 in West Point, New York. © Getty Images / Michael M. Santiago

The likelihood of a military conflict “between great powers” is growing, the chair of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, has warned.

Speaking in front of cadets graduating from US Military Academy West Point on Saturday, Milley said that the “world you are being commissioned into has the potential for a significant international conflict between great powers.” The general added “that potential is increasing, not decreasing.”

Milley went on to single out China and Russia, describing both as having “significant military capabilities” and intending to “change the current rules-based order.”

He also noted that the ongoing fighting in Ukraine highlighted some of the main characteristics of future battlefields, which will be “highly complex and almost certainly decisive in urban areas against elusive, ambiguous enemies that combine terrorism and warfare alongside conventional capabilities – all embedded within large civilian populations.” (RT)