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Mark Esper, defense secretary, warns of China aggression at Munich National Security Conference


Added 02-16-20 12:22:03pm EST - “Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stressed one-half of the United States' primary adversaries highlighted in the country's National Defense Strategy in comments this weekend at the annual Munich National Security Conference.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Defense secretary warns of Chinese aggression: ‘The smaller the country, the heavier the hand’”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper stressed one-half of the United States’ primary adversaries highlighted in the country’s National Defense Strategy in comments this weekend at the annual Munich National Security Conference.

“I know there has been much discussion about the challenges from Russia,” Mr. Esper told about 600 national security leaders gathered at the Hotel Bayerische Hof. “I want to focus on the Pentagon’s top concern: the People’s Republic of China.”

Next year marks the 20th anniversary of China’s admission into the World Trade Organization, which Mr. Esper called “a decision that fundamentally altered the course of international affairs.”

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The hope at the time, Mr. Esper said, was that allowing China into the WTO and similar organizations would spur them to continue on a path of economic reform and, eventually, political openness, transforming the nation into a member of the liberal world order.

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