"Our mission in Syria today remains the same as it was when we first began operations in 2014: to enable the enduring defeat of ISIS," Mr. Esper said. "Baghdadi's death will not rid the world of terrorism or end the ongoing conflict in Syria."
Other nations, he said, must enter their relationships with China with open eyes, and be aware of its militarization of the South China Sea and ongoing thefts of intellectual property.
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