He Pentagon denounced this Sunday “increasingly risky and coercive” activities of the army of China in Asia.
“We continue to be concerned about the increasingly risky and coercive activities of the People’s Liberation Army in the region, including in recent dayssaid Pentagon spokesman Brigadier General Pat Ryder.
His statements occurred during the Shangri-La Dialogue security summit in Singaporewhere he accompanies the US Secretary of Defense, Lloyd Austin.
A senior US Defense official also told reporters that “actions speak louder than words”.
“He dangerous behavior What we have seen of the People’s Liberation Army around the straits and in the South and East China seas and beyond speaks volumes,” he said.
The remarks come a day after Chinese and US military ships maneuvered dangerously close in the Taiwan Strait, an event that angered both powers.
The United States accused a Chinese military ship of maneuvering in a “dangerous manner” near its destroyer Chung-Hoon. “I call on the (Chinese) leadership to take the necessary steps to stop this kind of behavior,” Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin said in Singapore on Sunday, referring to the incident the day before.
He warned that “accidents could occur and reach enormous proportions”.
Days before, the United States had denounced a “unnecessarily aggressive maneuver” of a Chinese fighter jet against one of its surveillance planes in the South China Sea.
For his part, the Chinese Defense Minister denounced on Sunday the establishment of “NATO-like” military alliances in the Asia-Pacific region, which according to him could unleash a “whirlwind” of conflicts.
Minister Li Shangfu’s remarks come a day after Chinese and US military ships maneuvered dangerously close in the Taiwan Strait, an event that angered both powers.
“Attempts to push NATO-like (alliances) in the Asia-Pacific are a way of kidnapping countries in the region and exaggerating conflicts and confrontations,” Li Shangfu told the security summit. These types of alliances will only “plunge Asia-Pacific into a whirlwind of disputes and conflicts,” warned the Chinese minister at the most important summit on security in the region.
Li did not directly mention any country, but appeared to be referring to the United States, which has been strengthening its alliances in the region.
The North American power is part of the Aukus alliance along with Australia and the United Kingdom. It is also part of the QUAD group with Japan, India and Australia.
“Today, Asia-Pacific needs open and inclusive cooperation, not grouping into small cliques,” Li insisted.
(With information from AFP)
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