US President Donald Trump is all set to declare that China and Russia are competitors and are seeking to challenge US power and erode its security and prosperity, in a national security strategy that he will be laying out in a speech on Monday. According to the snippets of Trump's strategies released by the White House, they are determined to make economies less free and less fair, to grow their militaries, and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence.
The strategy which is the product of several months of deliberations by the president and his top advisers does not repeat the 2016 description of climate change in the United States national security threat by the former president of the US Barack Obama. This is according to aides of the president. Trump has vowed to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord unless there are some changes made to it. The document will say that the United States will continue to advance an approach that balances energy, security, economic development, and environmental protection. The national security posture of Donald Trump reflects his priorities of 'America First' protecting the US homeland and borders, rebuilding the US military, projecting strength abroad and pursuing trade policies which are much more favorable to the United States.
The singling out of China and Russia as the revisionist powers in the document reflects the fact that the Trump administration's wariness of them in spite of Trump's own attempts in the building up of strong relations with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. A senior administration official who briefed the reporters said that both Russia and China were attempting to revise the global status quo, Russia in Europe with its military incursions into the countries of Ukraine & Georgia and China in Asia by its aggression in the South China Sea.
This particular strategy will pledge to protect the critical US infrastructure from cyber hacking and vow to go after malicious cyber actors. Both China and Russia are often accused of the cyber-attacks against the United States, allegations they deny. Trump has been working with Chinese President Xi Jinping for exerting pressure on North Korea over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs but has made little progress on his vow to negotiate terms more favorable to the United States to lower a trade deficit that reached about 347 billion dollars in the year 2016.