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International relations

Trump locks on China and Russia with revived 'Star Wars' strategy

Washington looks back to Reagan-era plan amid new missile threats

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency released a report sounding alarms about China's advances in missile technology.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- U.S. President Donald Trump is turning his sights to "new threats" posed by ballistic advances by Russia and China with an ambitious space-based missile defense strategy, reminiscent of the "Star Wars" shield proposed by Ronald Reagan in 1983.

The new plan forms a key part of the Department of Defense's Missile Defense Review released this week, marking the first update of that policy in nine years. At its core lies Trump's deep-seated concern that America's biggest rivals are not playing by the same rules.

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