The protection ministers of the United States, Australia and Japan agreed Saturday to spice up army cooperation within the face of China’s rising ambitions.
“We are deeply concerned by China’s increasingly aggressive and bullying behavior in the Taiwan Strait, and elsewhere in the region,” US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin stated as he welcomed his counterparts from Australia and Japan to the US army headquarters for the Pacific area.
Excellent trilateral dialogue on our efforts to deepen protection integration with my counterparts from 🇦🇺 Australia & 🇯🇵 Japan – Minister @RichardMarlesMP & Minister of Defense Hamada Yasukazu. For many years, our three democracies have labored collectively for a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific. pic.twitter.com/cFjV8EJ68o
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) October 1, 2022
“Our interest lies in the upholding of the global rules-based order. But we see that order under pressure in the Indo-Pacific as well, as China is seeking to shape the world around it in a way that we’ve not seen before,” stated the Australian minister, Richard Marles.
The United States is urgent a diplomatic offensive to counter Chinese affect within the area.
On Thursday Washington introduced an $810 million support package deal for Pacific Island nations the place the United States plans to accentuate its diplomatic presence.
Vice President Kamala Harris traveled final week to Japan and South Korea and stated the United States would act with out worry or hesitation all through Asia, together with the Taiwan Strait.
Beijing considers Taiwan to be a part of China and in addition claims the skinny and busy channel of water that separate the 2.
Harris additionally traveled to Seoul and visited the demilitarized zone between the 2 Koreas. Her go to was designed to point out Washington’s dedication to defending South Korea in opposition to North Korea.
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