Pentagon issues directive on countering China, but offers few details

Pentagon issues directive on countering China, but offers few details

FILE PHOTO: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin looks on during a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., June 7, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

WASHINGTON: US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued an internal directive calling for several initiatives to counter China, US officials said on Wednesday (Jun 9), but few specifics were provided on how they would be different from efforts already underway.

The United States has put countering China at the heart of its national security policy for several years now, with both countries at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea.

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