U.S., Roda Duniawi – United States Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will travel to countries on the Asian continent to enhance military cooperation with allies. The visit was also made to counter China’s threats.
As reported by AFP, Sunday (3/14/2021) in his first visit as U.S. Affairs Affairs, Lloyd will depart via Hawaii, the U.S. military command center for the Indo-Pacific region.
“It’s all about alliances and partnerships,” Lloyd said. His trip will also include meetings with key allies in Tokyo, New Delhi and Seoul.
“It’s also about improving capabilities,” he added, given that while the U.S. is focused on the anti-terrorist struggle in the Middle East, China is trying to modernize its army.
“Our competitive advantage has been eroded, but we still maintain that advantage. We’re going to increase that advantage going forward,” Lloyd said.
Lloyd said the U.S. goal now is to ensure his country has the capability and operational plan to be able to offer threat prevention to China or anyone who wants to fight the U.S.
Later, the first black Minister will be joined by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken during visits in Tokyo and Seoul.
“One of the things I and the Secretary of State want to do is start strengthening that alliance,” he said. “It will be more about listening and learning, getting their point of view.”
The visit by U.S. officials in Asia is a continuation of an unprecedented “Quad” summit. Known ‘Quad’ is an informal alliance born in the 2000s to offset china’s rise.
On March 18, Blinken will join U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan in Anchorage alongside Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and the Communist Party of China’s Central Foreign Affairs Commission, Yang Jiechi.
The talks in Alaska will be the first between U.S. and Chinese leaders under president Joe Biden.
Even so, in general, the Biden administration will continue to take a ‘tougher’ approach to China as initiated by former president Donald Trump. But that approach could be more effective by propping up alliances and finding ways to work together on other priorities such as climate change. [*]