August 05, 2021
The top US Pacific commander has called for a “sense of urgency” in dealing with the escalating Chinese threat.
Admiral John C. Aquilino, head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, urged America and its allies to push back against Beijing. Speaking at the virtual Aspen Security Forum on Wednesday, Admiral Aquilino said the US strategy of “integrated deterrence” toward China is critical to maintaining peace in the region.
Making reference to a series of recent Chinese provocations – including indications to retake control of Taiwan, the crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong and repression of the Uighur people – the top Pacific commander called for US forces to accelerate preparations for a potential conflict.
China has claimed over 90 percent of the resource-rich South China Sea as part of its territory. But the US and its allies routinely conduct “freedom of navigation” operations in the strategic waterway.
The admiral’s warning comes as India announces the deployment of four warships to the South China Sea to join the US, Japan and Australia for military drills.
Edited by：【Himalaya London Club UK】