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Ex-Trump official urges US to resist China by bolstering democracy

Former security adviser McMaster says US-China tensions are no Cold War

U.S. President Donald Trump's former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster delivers a keynote speech at a Nikkei/CSIS symposium in Tokyo on Friday. (Photo by Hiroyuki Yamamoto)

TOKYO -- President Donald Trump's former national security adviser said on Friday that current tensions between Washington and Beijing do not amount to a new Cold War, and that the U.S.'s beef is with the Chinese Communist Party, not the Chinese people.

Speaking at a security symposium hosted by Nikkei and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Tokyo, retired Gen. H.R. McMaster called on the U.S. and other liberal democracies to turn their values -- perceived by China as weaknesses -- into strengths.

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