The highest-ranking U.S. military officer warned against “fraying” relations with China and Russia Wednesday, advising urgent action to improve global ties and prevent another “great power war.”
In a commencement address to Air Force Academy graduates, General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. is toeing a dangerous line in maintaining an appropriate level of competition with China and Russia.
“We are now in the 76th year of the great power peace following WWII. And it is under stress, we can see it fraying at the edge,” Milley told nearly 1,020 graduates in Colorado Springs. “With history as our guide, we would be wise to lift our gaze from the never-ending urgency of the present to set the conditions for a future that prevents great power war.
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“Right now we are in a great power competition with China and Russia,” he continued. “And we need to keep it at competition and avoid great power conflict.”
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