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
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

Topic |   US-China relations
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
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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