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Remember 'China, China, China,' acting US defense chief says

Shanahan met with civilian leaders of military for first time since Mattis' departure

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told civilian leaders of the U.S. military on Wednesday to focus on "China, China, China," even as America fights militants in Syria and Afghanistan, a U.S. defense official said.

The comments came during Shanahan's first meeting with secretaries of the U.S. military branches since taking over for Jim Mattis, who left office on Monday after resigning as defense secretary over policy differences with President Donald Trump.

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