Published: Thu, December 21, 2017
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Trump identifies Islamism, along with China and Russian Federation as main threat

Trump identifies Islamism, along with China and Russian Federation as main threat

"America will lead again", Trump said as he sent the 68- page National Security Strategy (NSS) document to the US Congress.

The new strategy said Beijing and other governments were determined to challenge American power.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that "A quick read of the parts of the strategy that mention our country ..."

Laying out his new national security strategy on Monday, Trump said both China and Russian Federation seek to "challenge the American values, influence and wealth".

Trump also praised the USA -led coalition fighting Islamic State (IS) in Iraq and Syria and said that Pakistan must be more decisive in battling extremism.

"We urge the USA to stop intentionally distorting China's strategic intentions and to abandon outdated notions such as the Cold War mentality and zerosum game, otherwise it will only harm itself or others", Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said.

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Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that China had the right to decide its own development path.

"At the same time, there are some modestly positive aspects, in particular, the readiness to co-operate in areas that correspond to American interests".

By accusing the US of failing to live up to its global responsibilities, China was appropriating an argument that previous American presidents have used against Beijing.

"Chinese dominance risks diminishing the sovereignty of many states" in its region and beyond, the Trump administration's strategic document says.

In his speech, Trump portrayed additional sanctions the United States slapped on Iran earlier this year as a strong message to Tehran.

The speech was the latest sign of a toughening USA line against China since President Xi Jinping hosted his American counterpart at a lavish state visit last month. The two global powerhouses hit back hours after the Trump administration unveiled its approach to the world with biting language framing Beijing and Moscow as global competitors.

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