After receiving a classified report from the China Task Force, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin issued an internal directive to the Pentagon on Wednesday for the United States military to “laser focus efforts to address China as the nation’s number one pacing challenge.”

The China Task Force was set up earlier this year to address the “near-peer” competition with Bejing.

“The efforts I am directing today will improve the department’s ability to revitalize our network of allies and partners, bolster deterrence, and accelerate the development of new operational concepts, emerging capabilities, future force posture, and a modernized civilian and military workforce,” Austin said in a statement.

When pressed by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AR), if indeed China was the Pentagon’s primary focus or whether the department has been distracted by talk of climate change, Austin was adamant.