US Secretary Austin says Washington won't stand for bullying from China

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According to American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Washington and the government of the United States of America would not stand for any “coercion and bullying” by China or any of its allies. or partners. Lloyd also stated that the United States remains committed to maintaining the status quo of an independent Taiwan. He also stated the United States would work to combat illegal fishing and ensure that the supply chains that go to Asian-Pacific nations will not be disrupted.

We are committed to ensuring that every country can fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows. And every country, large or small, must remain free to conduct lawful maritime activities. [...] Conflict is neither imminent nor inevitable. Deterrence is strong today — and it’s our job to keep it that way. The whole world has a stake in maintaining peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. China has indisputable sovereignty over the South China Sea islands and the adjacent waters. [...] A cordial handshake over dinner is no substitute for a substantive engagement. - American Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, International Institute for Strategic Studies forum

According to the Secretary, the United States is also going to double down on pre-existing alliances and partnerships that exist in order to combat China's aggression in Asia. This includes a lot of different defensive agreements that the United States has like Quad - a defense pact that is made up of the United States of America, India, Japan, and Australia - and the pact - known as the AUKUS agreement - with Britain and Australia.

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