Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrives at the Pentagon for his first day of work in his new role on Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: AFP

‘China, China, China’: Trump’s new Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan sets US defence priorities

  • Patrick Shanahan tells Pentagon staff to focus on the US National Defence Strategy that highlights the ‘Great Power competition’ with Russia and China
  • The strategy views China as ‘a strategic competitor’ seeking Indo-Pacific regional hegemony and to displace the US in global pre-eminence
Topic |   US-China relations

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Acting US Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan arrives at the Pentagon for his first day of work in his new role on Wednesday in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: AFP
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Zhenhua Lu

Zhenhua Lu

Zhenhua Lu joined the Post in 2017 as US correspondent covering US-China relations on diplomacy, security and trade. After six years' working overseas in Brussels and Washington DC, he is now based in Hong Kong and writes about China foreign policy. He has master's in international journalism.