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U.S. Defense Secretary Esper: World Must 'Wake Up To The Challenges Presented By China'

Daily Mail: Trump's Defense Secretary Mark Esper says the world needs to 'wake up' to China's growing global threat and slams their 'predatory' treatment of rivals

* Esper, who is a frequent critic of China, made the comments at an international security event in Munich
* He said China tops Pentagon's list of potential adversaries, followed by Russia
* In his address, Esper slammed the communist country's 'internal repression, predatory economic practices, and heavy-handedness'
* He did however stress that the U.S does not want conflict with China, and noted the government had sent medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus
* Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi publicly dismissed Esper's comments as 'lies'
* Esper's comments were made in the same week the U.S Department of Justice filed 16 new criminal charges against Huawei for 'plotting to steal trade secrets'

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Saturday cast China as a rising threat to world order - saying the world's most populous nation steals Western know-how, intimidates smaller neighbors and seeks an 'advantage by any means and at any cost.'

A frequent critic of China, Esper used an address to an international security conference in Munich, Germany, to give his most comprehensive condemnation yet of a communist country that he said tops the Pentagon's list of potential adversaries, followed by Russia, 'rogue states' like North Korea and Iran, and continuing threats from extremist groups.

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WNU Editor: The Chinese foreign minister has responded .... U.S. criticism of China is 'lies', foreign minister says (Reuters).

More News On U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper's Remarks On China

US defense chief slams China as rising threat to world order -- AP
US defence secretary warns Huawei 5G will put alliances at risk -- The Guardian
World must 'wake up to the challenges presented by China,' says Defense Secretary -- CNN

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