The Pentagon supported the allocation of $ 8 billion on its military presence in Asia

The Pentagon has approved a plan for investments worth nearly $ 8 billion to increase the U.S. presence in the Asia-Pacific region over the next five years. About this newspaper The Wall Street Journal.

The plan envisages upgrading the military infrastructure, conducting more exercises and more deployments and ships.

The plan was originally introduced by Senator John McCain. He called their proposal “an Initiative of the Asia-Pacific stability.” The initiative has found support from other members of Congress, and Minister of defense James Mattis and head of the Pacific fleet Harry Harris.

The U.S. believes the threat of action of China, which lays claim to disputed waters in the South China sea, building a military infrastructure there and building up strength. According to Washington, such actions increase the risk of conflict and could threaten security in the entire Asia-Pacific region.