“That, in turn, concerns officials and outside experts who believe the Pentagon must focus its resources on countering China, as mandated by the U.S. National Security Strategy and the Pentagon’s National Defense Strategy. China, some say, is a much larger, if less immediate, problem.

“’China is always a, quote, long-term problem, unquote,’ said Elbridge Colby, who helped author the Pentagon’s defense strategy. ‘But it’s actually a now problem…'”

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