Beijing hits back at USA defence strategy and 'cold war mindset'

Hours before shutdown Trump tweet creates confusion

Hours before shutdown Trump tweet creates confusion

"Inter-state strategic competition, not terrorism, is now the primary concern in USA national security", the unclassified summary of the new strategy says.

"We will continue to prosecute the campaign against terrorists that we are engaged in today, but great power competition, not terrorism, is now the primary focus of USA national security", Mattis said in a speech presenting the strategy document, the first of its kind since at least 2014.

The official presented the country's strong message reflected in the document, issuing a pointed warning to America's adversaries, adding that the US Joint Force will compete to deter aggression in three main regions: Indo-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

The new strategy is "fit for our time", Mattis said.

Mattis described the U.S. position towards those who might undermine the country's democracy.

The US National Defense Strategy calls North Korea a "rogue regime" that along with Iran is continuing to seek nuclear missiles, biological and chemical weapons.

Countering China's rapidly expanding military and an increasingly aggressive Russian Federation are now the USA military's top national security priorities, outpacing the threat of terrorism, the Pentagon said Friday.

"China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea", the strategy report states. According to him, the United States envisages strategic competition with these countries as long-term priorities for the Pentagon.

The document said global alliances would be critical for the U.S. military, by far the world's best-resourced.

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In addition, the USA strategic reliance on huge alliances to invade and restructure other nations had also proved a failure, Giraldi pointed out. He recalled going to his first North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting previous year, carrying Trump's demand for nations to increase their defense spending and thinking about how to fit Trump's message into the broader framework of working with partners.

Foreign military forces have developed more lethal capabilities and are using methods such as information warfare to compete globally without resorted to armed conflict.

"Everything we do in the department must contribute to the lethality of our military", Mattis said Friday.

The document stipulates that the modernization efforts will focus on nuclear forces, missile defense, space and cyberspace.

When he got to Brussels, Mattis said he told the alliance: "Here's the bottom line: Please do not ask me to go back and tell Americans - the American parents - that they need to care more about the safety and security and the freedom of your children than you're willing to care for, than you're willing to sacrifice for". Mattis has urged United States lawmakers to avoid the shut-down, commenting on the recent standoff in the country's government over the adoption of the short-term budget to prevent government shutdown.

"This required tough choices - and we made them based upon a fundamental precept: namely, that America can afford survival", he said.

"Investments will focus on missile defences and disruptive capabilities".

A number of high-profile incidents in the last year have shone a light on what almost 20 years of continued combat operations and a dwindling budget has done to military assets employed in combat and show of force operations around the globe.

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