Washington: Laying out his new national security strategy yesterday, US President Donald Trump said both China and Russia seek to “challenge the American values, influence and wealth”. Notwithstanding competition from China and Russia and challenged by non-state actors and rogue nations like North Korea, Trump has asserted that America will lead again.
“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,” he said.
“America will lead again”, Trump said as he sent the 68- page National Security Strategy (NSS) document to the US Congress.
“We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but we will champion the values without apology. We want strong alliances and partnerships based on cooperation and reciprocity,” he added.
“With the strategy we are declaring that America is in the game and America is going to win,” he said.
For the first time ever, American strategy now includes a serious plan to defend homeland, he said, adding that it calls for the construction of a wall on southern border; ending chain migration and the horrible visa and lottery programmes; closing loopholes that undermine enforcement.
In addition, the strategy calls for the US to confront, discredit, and defeat radical Islamic terrorism and ideology and to prevent it from spreading into the US.
The second pillar of US strategy is to promote American prosperity.
“For the first time, American strategy recognises that economic security is national security. Economic vitality, growth, and prosperity at home is absolutely necessary for American power and influence abroad. Any nation that trades away its prosperity for security will end up losing both,” Trump said.