US, Australia, Japan military cooperation to ‘counter Chinese influence’

The US, Australia, and Japan cooperate militarily to counter China's influence - Photo 1.

US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin – Photo: REUTERS

On October 1, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin received his counterparts from Australia and Japan at the US military headquarters in the Pacific region.

Austin said the US is very concerned about China’s moves in the Taiwan Strait and elsewhere in the region.

“Our interest lies in maintaining a rules-based global order. But we see that order also coming under pressure in the Indo-Pacific, as China is seeking to shape it. the world around us in a way we’ve never seen before,” Australian Defense Minister Richard Marles said.

According to AFP news agency, the US is promoting diplomacy to counter China’s influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

On September 29, the United States announced an aid package of $810 million for Pacific island nations, where Washington plans to increase its diplomatic presence.

Last week, Vice President Kamala Harris toured Japan and South Korea, visiting the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Pangmunjom. During the trip, Ms. Harris affirmed that the US would act without fear or hesitation throughout Asia, including the Taiwan Strait.

China considers Taiwan part of its territory and has so far not ruled out using force to unify the country. Beijing has increased its military activity around the island recently, especially after the visit to Taiwan in early August by US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

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