Published: Wed, December 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

China urges co-operation with US

China urges co-operation with US

The Kremlin dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's new national security strategy as imperialist on Tuesday, but welcomed Washington's willingness to cooperate in some areas.

The president pointed to Sunday's phone call from Russian President Vladimir Putin, thanking the United States for sharing intelligence to thwart a terror plot, as a sign of success.

"They were able to apprehend these terrorists before the event with no loss of life and that's a great thing, and the way it's supposed to work", Trump said, offering the prospect of better ties. The two global powerhouses hit back hours after the Trump administration unveiled its approach to the world with biting language framing Beijing and Moscow as global competitors.

It warns that "Russia aims to weaken USA influence in the world and divide us from our allies and partners", while Russian nuclear weapons are deemed "the most significant existential threat to the United States".

The document doesn't specifically mention Russia's alleged meddling in last year's US presidential election.

"Whether we like it or not, we are engaged in a new era of competition", Trump said in his speech. But it reflected a broader view long held by US diplomats that Russian Federation actively undermines American interests at home and overseas.

"China will never pursue its own development at the expense of other countries' interests", Hua told a regular news briefing. "Putting one's own interest above that of others and the global community is complete selfishness which will lead to self-isolation", the embassy said.

In recent days, senior officials had promoted the new strategy, 11 months in the making, as a "clear and actionable playbook" created to take on growing threats by focusing on safeguarding US vital interests. The following items were outlined in his administration's strategic document released Monday.

Trump and his advisors often publicly differ starkly on fundamental security issues from the Middle East to talks with North Korea.

According to the statement, the USA will use diplomatic, information, military and economic tools to protect its interests; and to ensure balance of power in its favour in key regions including the Indo-Pacific, Europe, and the Middle East.

With every decision and action we now place the "America First", we are rebuilding our nation, our confidence and our position before the world, stated the president when presenting the NSS, which for the first time excludes the danger of climate change as a threat to USA national security.

Where the strategy warned of Moscow's "destabilising cyber capabilities" and interference in domestic political affairs, Trump made no such reference.

On Monday, the United Nations Security Council overwhelmingly voted to approve a resolution to reject Trump's controversial recent decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel - a move Washington blocked with its veto.

Republican members of Congress also have explicitly pointed to defending human rights as vital to national security, including Senator Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"America's central position in the global energy system as a leading producer, consumer, and innovator - ensures that markets are free and United States infrastructure is resilient and secure", it says.

Trump offered a view of America's role that discounted the country's role in achieving global agreements like the Paris climate accord or the Iran nuclear deal.

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