World International Affairs The leading U.S. general has warned of new military threats from Russia and China, but emphasized that the world was not yet at war, as the two top competitors presented different challenges. Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described the complexities of the contemporary global security environment during a Tuesday address at Duke University in North Carolina. The senior military leader identified Russia and China as near-peer competitors, not enemies, but said that today’s dynamics meant the two nations could present serious obstacles to advancing U.S. interests abroad. “Competition doesn’t have to be conflict,” Dunford said, as quoted by the Pentagon. “But we now have two states that actually…can challenge our ability to project power and challenge us in all domains.” Russian, Chinese and Mongolian troops and military equipment parade at the end of the day of the Vostok-2018 (East-2018) military drills at Tsugol training ground near the Chinese and Mongolian border in Siberia, September 13. Russia and China have grown closer to one another in recent years in the face of what they see as a hegemonic global U.S. power. MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Discussing the dueling military build-ups between Russia and the… Read full this story
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