Pentagon chief: the United States does not intend to create an anti-Chinese coalition or an analogue of NATO in Asia
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin denied NATO in Asia. He stated this at a forum organized by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, TASS reports.
According to him, the United States proceeds from the fact that in a state of peace and war, it is always stronger when it works together with its friends. He noted that Washington is not trying to create an anti-Chinese coalition or an analogue of NATO in Asia. The head of the Pentagon also stressed that the American administration is not asking Asian states to choose between the United States and China.
Earlier, Austin called China a constant challenge for the United States. The head of the Pentagon said that Washington is ready to support the capabilities of other countries to contain Beijing. According to him, the tests of hypersonic weapons, which the Chinese military conducted this year, increase tensions in the Asia-Pacific region.