US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. Photo: AP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. Photo: AP

Pentagon chief: US faces pivotal years in countering China, needs military strength

  • China ‘is the only country with both the will and … the power to reshape … the international order,’ US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin said
  • ‘These next few years will set the terms of our competition with the People’s Republic of China. They will shape the future of security in Europe,’ Austin said

US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. Photo: AP
US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin. Photo: AP
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