The main challenge for the U.S. is Russia and China, said the head of the Pentagon Mark Esper during a speech at the American analytical center RAND on September 16.
According to him, for the last 20 years the USA has been fighting against extremists and participated in “low-intensity conflicts”, which distracted from more powerful opponents.
“The Defense Ministry defines China and then Russia as our main strategic rivals.
At the same time, Esper accused Moscow of “disrespect for international law” and put Russia in charge of the situation in Ukraine.
At the same time, the Pentagon chief criticized Russia and China for modernizing their armed forces.
On September 14, it was reported that in order to deliver a probable strike against Russia and China, artillery was put on alert for up to 20 seconds.