China, Russia actions undermine international norms: US 

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New Delhi | Published: January 26, 2018 6:16:39 AM

The Pentagon today accused China and Russia of having taking actions which undermine the very international norms that both of them have prospered from.

china, russia, pentagon, china and russia break international norms, united statesThe Pentagon today accused China and Russia of having taking actions which undermine the very international norms that both of them have prospered from. (Reuters)

The Pentagon today accused China and Russia of having taking actions which undermine the very international norms that both of them have prospered from. It was responding to questions on the recently released National Defence Strategy (NDS) which identified Russia and China as major competitive adversary to the US. “The NDS is about near-peer competitors, China and Russia. Both countries have taken actions which undermine the very international norms that, in fact, both of them have prospered from,” chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White told reporters. She said the US is going to continue to ensure that it is “never in a fair fight, that we maintain a competitive advantage”. “But to do that, we also need to ensure that we have a budget, and we have a commitment for growth in that budget,” White said.

“The US can’t implement a strategy that doesn’t have a budget. So it’s important that we move at the speed of relevancy. And the NDS is about that,” she said. White said “it is not about a Cold War” but about looking towards the future. “And as we look to the future, China and Russia we have to think about them because they are undercutting the very international norms that they’ve thrived upon,” she said.

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