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US defense chief prepares for 'great power competition' with China

Esper calls on allies to unite as Beijing and Moscow 'undermine' international law

U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speaks about the Pentagon's defense priorities and policies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City. (Photo by Howard Heyman/CFR)

NEW YORK -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Friday that China and Russia were the Pentagon's top two priorities, as they pose a challenge to the world order through their rising military power and various tools of influence, such as Beijing's Belt and Road Initiative.

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