“In terms of raw power right now, I look at Russia and the nuclear arsenal they have,” Mattis said Tuesday during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington.
He said the Defense Department considers North Korea’s nuclear missile program and violent extremism as the two most “urgent” threats.
“In terms of will, clearly it is China,” he noted.
Mattis cited the country’s efforts to cooperate with China and further build up its partnership with allies in support of the strategy.
He offered updates on the South Asia Strategy launched in 2017 and its implications for Afghan forces.