At a House Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2024 budget request, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley said that in order for there to be peace between the US, China, and Russia, America must stay the most influential nation in the world. 

The United States faces two nuclear powers with vital interests opposing the American nation. Russia and China could potentially harm US national security.

“But war with either is neither inevitable nor imminent.”

The China-Russia alliance is a growing threat to US security. The two countries have become increasingly close in recent years, signing a “no limits” partnership accord in early 2022 and deepening their ties through joint military exercises. This alliance has the potential to challenge US power and influence in the region and diminish the reach of democratic values.

The Chinese-Russian alliance has already had an impact on global politics. For example, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has been supported by China, which has thrown its military might behind Moscow’s actions. Moreover, this kind of strategic cooperation between the two countries could be used to counter US interests in other parts of the world, such as in the South China Sea or even in Europe.