SecDef Austin Stresses the Importance of Anti-China Partnerships in Asia | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

SecDef Austin Stresses the Importance of Anti-China Partnerships in Asia

With the Pentagon focused on China, the US military wants to shore up and strengthen partnerships to counter Beijing in Asia. Speaking in Singapore on Tuesday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin slammed China and stressed the importance of alliances to face what he called “coercion” in the Indo-Pacific region.

Austin said the US would work “with partners to deter coercion and aggression across the spectrum of conflict. He said the US will cooperate with allies in the region using what he called “integrated deterrence,” which includes all military domains, including cyber and space.

Austin said he has seen Chinese “aggression” in places like the South China Sea, Taiwan, Xinjiang, and other areas. He reaffirmed that the US was willing to go to war with China over maritime disputes with the Philippines and Japan. “We remain committed to the treaty obligations that we have to Japan in the Senkaku Islands and to the Philippines in the South China Sea,” he said.

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