Report: White House Bars Pentagon From Talking About ‘Competition’ With China
The White House has reportedly barred the Defense Department from discussing military “competition” with China, telling leaders to scrap the wording in favor of something less provocative.
The Navy Times reported that, according to a classified document, the National Security Council recently directed leaders at the Pentagon to stop using the phrase “great power competition” when publicly addressing the challenges China poses to the U.S. military.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, have each used this phrase or one similar when discussing America’s “competition” with Beijing this year. – READ MORE