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Pentagon Report Slams China for Pursuing ‘Predatory Economics’

  • Release comes as U.S. defense chief downplays tensions
  • China looks to erode principles of ‘rules-based order’: report
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A Pentagon report slammed China for “eroding the values and principles of the rules-based order” just as acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan was in Singapore attempting to downplay a spat between the world’s two largest economies.

In the more than 50-page “Indo-Pacific Strategy Report,” released on Saturday, the U.S. criticized China’s actions in the region on several points, and affirmed the U.S. commitment to boost multilateral efforts with other Asian countries.