U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper called Russia and China “revisionist states” and accused the two countries of trying to “rewrite the world order.” The statement was made at Johns Hopkins University, the minister’s speech is published on the website of the U.S. Department of Defense.
According to the minister, Moscow and Beijing “violate the sovereignty of neighboring countries” and use “hybrid tactics of warfare,” including sabotage in cyberspace, to gain strategic advantages, as well as weaken u.S. influence. China’s Esper has accused the theft of intellectual property and any attempt to economically subjugate the countries of Eurasia through the “One Belt, One Road” initiative.
The Pentagon chief regularly voices such talking points. In September, for example, he said that the United States “cannot stand idle while authoritarian states try to remake the world security order for themselves, at the expense of others,” and stressed the need to compete with Russia and China in the region. military development of hypersonic weapons.
Recall that in the last few years, Russia and China often speak in international politics from a common position, and representatives of the U.S. authorities list Moscow and Beijing through a comma when it comes to the main geopolitical adversaries of Washington.
Thus, in December 2017, the White House published a new version of the National Security Strategy, which calls China and Russia “revisionist powers” who “want to create a world that is directly opposed to the values and interests of the United States.” “China and Russia are challenging America’s power, influence, and interests, trying to dilute American security and prosperity,” the document said at the outset.
In 2019, Russia and China have agreed to switch to settlements in national currencies, which, although in practice does not weaken the position of the US dollar as the main world reserve currency, is a dangerous precedent in terms of the economic dominance of the United States.
Washington also fears Russian and Chinese stockpiles of nuclear weapons and is pushing for a new multilateral arms control treaty. Finally, the Pentagon leadership often refers to the military power of Russia and China in order to receive new deductions from the country’s budget. In turn, the American media regularly call the United States, Russia, and China the most powerful countries in the world.
However, despite the rivalry of the great powers, in fact, Washington does not want an open conflict with Moscow and Beijing, according to the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General James McConville.