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    In order to

    Just a simple question, what is the grammatical function of the blue sentence led by "in order to"? Purpose? Or any other function? Thanks.
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    The mere existence of these capabilities—including anti-satellite systems—poses challenges for the United States. China does not need to surpass the United States, or even catch up with theUnited States, in order to complicate U.S. defense planning or influence U.S. decision-making in the event of a crisis in the Taiwan Strait or elsewhere.
    Looking ahead as far as 2030, however, the Task Force finds no evidence to support the notion that China will become a peer military competitor of the United States.



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    Re: In order to

    Quote Originally Posted by ian2 View Post
    Just a simple question, what is the grammatical function of the blue sentence led by "in order to"? Purpose? Or any other function? Thanks.
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    The mere existence of these capabilities—including anti-satellite systems—poses challenges for the United States. China does not need to surpass the United States, or even catch up with theUnited States, in order to complicate U.S. defense planning or influence U.S. decision-making in the event of a crisis in the Taiwan Strait or elsewhere.
    Looking ahead as far as 2030, however, the Task Force finds no evidence to support the notion that China will become a peer military competitor of the United States.

    IMO it is a subordinate reason clause

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