Pentagon issues directive on countering China, but offers few details

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin issued an internal directive calling for several initiatives to counter China, U.S officials said on Wednesday, but few specifics were provided on how they would be different from efforts already underway. The United States has put countering China at the heart of its national security policy for several years now, with both countries at loggerheads over issues from technology and human rights to Chinese military activities in the disputed South China Sea. The directive is the result of recommendations made by a Pentagon task force tha…

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