Defense chief Mark Esper urges other Indo-Pacific countries to stand with the U.S. against China

#1 國民黨孫大砲
27/08/20 14:21

Defense chief Mark Esper urges other Indo-Pacific countries to stand with the U.S. against China

The United States must strengthen its network of allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific to mount an effective response to China’s drive to dominate the region through military and economic coercion, U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper said in a recent column published in the Wall Street Journal.

China’s People Liberation Army boasted it would complete its ambitious program to modernize itself by 2035 and become a “world class force” by 2049 by acquiring an arsenal of conventional missiles along with advanced cyber, space and electronic warfare capabilities, Mr. Esper said.

“We have entered a new era of global competition between the free and open international order and an authoritarian system fostered by Beijing,” he wrote.

The U.S. should prepare for China’s military modernization in much the same way it addressed Soviet armed forces during the Cold War. China wants to “reshape the international order” in a way that would undermine the accepted rules of behavior while normalizing authoritarianism — with an ultimate goal of impeding the sovereignty of other countries, Mr. Esper said.

The U.S. has an opportunity to strengthen bonds with other nations in the region while China continues what Mr. Esper called “aggressive behavior in the region,” through actions such as sinking a Vietnamese fishing vessel and asserting unlawful maritime claims, he said.

The U.S. provided more than $390 million in assistance to bolster the maritime capabilities of allies in the region through the Maritime Security Initiative.

“Actions such as these reduce these nations’ vulnerability to Chinese coercion and help us expand joint training, exercises, operations and planning efforts,” Mr. Esper wrote.


Subsidies for the US allies in the Indo-Pacific

#2 寫信
27/08/20 17:00

#3 炒屎餅
27/08/20 17:58


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