China, Russia slam U.S. 'imperialist' and 'Cold War mentality'

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As he unveiled the 68-page NSS document on Monday, Trump said Russian Federation and China "seek to challenge American influence, values, and wealth", but in the same breath announced: "We will attempt to build a great partnership with those and other countries, but in a manner that always protects our national interest".

According to the strategy, Washington's "enhanced missile defense is not meant to undermine strategic stability or disrupt longstanding strategic relationships with Russian Federation or China" since it is "focused on North Korea and Iran".

Unlike the National Security Strategy, Trump said nothing in his speech about America's obligation under Article 5. He focused instead on a phone call on Sunday from Putin, who thanked him for information the Central Intelligence Agency had provided to the Russian security services that helped them foil a terrorist plot in St. Petersburg.

"Once again I want to recall an ideal example of such cooperation - the exchange of information through special services, which, I repeat, really helped save many lives", Peskov said. Trump's strategy paper did not include specific accusations from USA security agencies that Moscow meddled in the 2016 US election. "For this reason, our security strategy breaks from damaging defense sequester", Trump said.

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Every U.S. administration is obliged to publish its national security strategy, providing Congress with a blueprint for its intended policies around the world. There is as much petty partisan bickering over foreign policy as over domestic policy.

Add the president's indifference to rule of law in the United States, and there is little chance that the governments and citizens of other countries will welcome Washington's advice on how to build a healthy democracy. He has also mostly avoided needless escalation in places like the South China Sea, where many countries, including China and some American allies, have mutually exclusive territorial claims. The third is comprised of "transnational terrorist organizations", which the official said export violence in support of their "wicked" ideology.

The Chinese embassy spokesperson in Washington also commented, describing the US position as contradictory. Addressing at Ronald Regan building in Washington, US president slammed his predecessors for protecting the interests of other countries at the cost of the U.S.' own.

Mr. Trump's doctrine holds that nation states are in perpetual competition and that the USA must fight on all fronts to protect and defend its sovereignty from friend and foe alike. "Cooperation is the only right choice for China and the United States, and win-win cooperation can lead to a better future". "Otherwise, it will only harm the interests of both countries", spokesperson Hua Chunying said.

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