China and Russia took aim at the United States at a Chinese military forum on Wednesday, accusing it of hegemonic behavior and trying to impose its values on others.
Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe said that the United States was “the biggest threat to world peace and development” and that it was trying to “contain China” and “subvert the international order.”
He also accused the United States of “bullying” smaller countries and of “trying to impose its values on others.”
Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu echoed Wei’s sentiments, saying that the United States was “trying to dominate the world” and that it was “a threat to international security.” He also accused the United States of “trying to undermine Russia’s interests” and of “interfering in Russia’s internal affairs.”
The two ministers’ comments come at a time when the United States is engaged in a trade war with China and is also increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region.
The United States has also imposed sanctions on Russia for its annexation of Crimea and its interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
The comments by Wei and Shoygu reflect the growing tensions between the United States and China and Russia.
The two countries are increasingly seeing each other as rivals, and they are competing for influence in the world.
The United States is likely to view the comments by Wei and Shoygu as a challenge to its global leadership.
The United States is likely to respond by increasing its military presence in the Indo-Pacific region and by working to strengthen its alliances with countries in the region.