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Pentagon: China and Russia more threatening to U.S. than terrorism

Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping.
Russia President Vladimir Putin (on left) and China President Xi Jinping. Photo: Mikhail Svetlov / Getty Images

The Pentagon’s newly released National Defense Strategy says China and Russia pose more of a threat to the U.S. than terrorism because they jeopardize U.S. military prowess on a global scale, per AP. Countering China and Russia are now the military’s two top priorities.

Threat level: The assessment points to China’s expanding military and its presence in the South China Sea and to Russia’s aggressive military moves with respect to Ukraine, the Syrian war, and its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.