Trump’s new strategy policy to keep Russia & China as main competitors
Trump’s new national security strategy will preserve the Obama-era declaration of Russia and China as the two main challengers to US global power, excerpts from the document released by the White House show.
The new strategy, which is to be announced later on Monday, comes after months of deliberation by the Trump administration. It will state that China and Russia “are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence,” according to the excerpts.
According to a senior White House official, who briefed reporters on the upcoming publication, the Trump administration sees Moscow and Beijing as “revisionist powers” that want to change the global status quo. The document will state that the US should not presume that engaging with its rivals “would turn them into benign actors and trustworthy partners.”
Unlike the previous version of the document prepared under President Barack Obama, Trump’s administration will not mention climate change as a serious threat to the US. “The United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy security, economic development, and environmental protection,” the document will say.
But it will keep the Obama-era perception of Iran, North Korea and terrorist groups as threats to America, focusing on Pyongyang in particular. The document also encompasses economic competitiveness, border security, and preserving American prosperity.
Russia and China both challenge America’s hegemony, opposing its globalist and interventionist agenda. Beijing and Moscow have both promoted a vision of a multipolar world, in which countries respect each other’s national interests and do not try to impose their preferred political systems through military force.
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