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In Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy, unveiled on Friday by the Defense Secretary James Mattis, China and Russia were highlighted as top threats for the nation. Mattis said in his statement that countering Chinese and Russian aggression is at the top of the Pentagon’s new Strategy. Experts noted that despite Trump seeking and calling repeatedly for better relations with both the countries, his administration’s new strategy indicates it is taking a hard line against Russia and China. Unveiling the 11-page version of the unclassified document in Washington, Mattis said, “We face growing threats from revisionist powers as different as China and Russia ... nations that do seek to create a world consistent with their authoritarian models.” The new strategy is expected to drive future defense spending requests and even lays out the Defense Department’s strategy “to compete, deter, and win” in the complex security environment. The National Defense Strategy notes, “China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea. Russia has violated the borders of...Read more
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By Sheetal Sukhija / Friday January 19, 2018
Pentagon’s new defense strategy prioritizes China and Russia