Russia and China are the main strategic rivals of the United States. Both of these countries are actively modernizing their military forces, as well as building up capabilities in the space and cyberspace. This was stated by the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper during a speech at the American center of the Rand Corporation.
- Today, in an era of great power competition, the Ministry of Defense identifies China and then Russia as our main strategic rivals. - said in Esper's speech, the text of which was published on the website of the US military.
As the head of the Pentagon stressed, despite the existing threats, the United States and its allies must continue to defend their fundamental principles and their way of life.
- And we are determined to do it, - summed up Mark Esper.
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According to the diplomat, the US Department of Defense is using accusatory rhetoric to justify a course to lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons.
As Life reported earlier, the Pentagon admitted that the United States lagged behind China in three military areas.
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