General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, says that while the US considers itself in competition with China and Russia in the Indo-Pacific and in Europe, there is also economic, military and economic rivalry in the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, says that while the US considers itself in competition with China and Russia in the Indo-Pacific and in Europe, there is also economic, military and economic rivalry in the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images/AFP

Crises allowed China and Russia to pursue Middle East power and influence, warns US general

  • General Kenneth McKenzie says America faced diplomatic, military and economic competition in the volatile region after perceived decrease in US engagement
  • China’s interests are mainly economic, with over half its crude oil imported from the region, Middle East Institute told

General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, says that while the US considers itself in competition with China and Russia in the Indo-Pacific and in Europe, there is also economic, military and economic rivalry in the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of US Central Command, says that while the US considers itself in competition with China and Russia in the Indo-Pacific and in Europe, there is also economic, military and economic rivalry in the Middle East. Photo: Getty Images/AFP
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